Loading a truck is a painstaking job that requires care and several considerations. You should look for a method that enables you to load the truck fast and efficiently while at the same time protecting your goods from damage and the crew members from injury. Your choice of loading method depends on the size of the truck, type of goods, the size of your items, and safety considerations among other things.
Here are a few tips on ways to load your truck safely and fast.
Start with the heaviest and largest items
Your truck should have the heaviest and the largest items in the front. It is advised that at least 60 per cent of the load should be in front of the rest at the back. Doing this allows for better distribution of weight and therefore better navigation.
Using loading equipment for safety and efficiency
If you are in the logistics business, consider purchasing loading equipment to enhance the speed, safety, and effectiveness when loading items on trucks. The choice of the equipment depends on the size of the goods being loaded and the size of the truck. Common loading equipment includes a conveyor belt, truck skate, cranes, racks and automatic loaders among others.
Secure loads before moving
While moving, your loads are likely to move about due to the uneven landscape on the road and speed changes. This might cause damage to the items. Always ensure that there are no spaces left between the load and the walls of the truck. Besides, ensure that the load is secured in place using such items as cleats, straps, webbing, separators, and load bars among others. This is vital especially if you are carrying less than a full truckload.
Proper loading ensures that your items are safe during loading and while in transit. It also ensures that the crew does not get hurt in the course of loading the truck. Use of loading equipment makes the process fast, and efficient too.