Securing DD Rolled Roofing
As we enter spring and temps begin to rise moving into the summer months we would like to share with everyone what proper securement looks like for one of the more difficult loads we haul, DD rolled roofing. These loads come in a variety of configurations. Some loads will have a single row on top while others will be two on two. In either case V-Boards are required (typically 10). If you do not have V-Boards you can buy the materials to make them at any Lowes, Home Depot, etc. You will need 20 1x4x10’s, 1” strap material, staple gun and staples (or tacks and a hammer). Cut the strap material into sections about 6” long and place three like a hinge on two boards affixing them with the staples or tacks. Remember when you place them to put that side the straps are attached to on the outside or they could work loose. If you have a need depending on the way the load is configured you can also line your dunnage along the top edges of the bottom pallets where needed to strap over them creating the same effect. What you are doing in both cases is applying even downward pressure across the top of all of the rolls which helps to stabilize them. Next alternate your straps as shown in the picture to effectively tie that top tier down (belly strap), X-strap the front and the rear then tarp.
These loads are basically rolls of tar standing on end so they get soft and have a tendency to “wobble” as it gets warmer. We continue to work with our shippers to ensure they use a high quality wrap when building the pallets for transport. We also ask that when the skids are wrapped that they extend coverage to the bottom of the pallets helping further reduce the risk of a load shift by attaching the rolls to the pallet base in this manner. Almost as critical to the securement and packaging is the way you drive the load. You hear that term, “Drive the Load” a lot in this industry. What does that mean though? In the words of TMC safety manager Terry Fitzgerald, “I would often imagine myself as a piece of freight in my trailer when I was driving. I would slow down and approach my stops and turns as if I were the cargo standing up in the back with the goal of course to remain balanced and standing. It worked for me, I’m sure it will work for you. Drive safe.”