Recently, a Hastings landscaper who failed to properly secure an 1100-pound boulder in a his truck caused the deaths of two other motorists. While tragic, the accident is a reminder of the importance of knowing and abiding by Minnesota and Federal laws about securing loads in commercial vehicles.
Minn. Stat. 169.81, subd. 5 requires drivers to ensure that any load is secured to prevent escaping. For all commercial motor vehicles driven in interstate or intrastate commerce, Minnesota has adopted the load securement provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations at 49 C.F.R. 393.100-136. Take a look at the regulations—which are drafted in user-friendly language—to ensure that you’re complying with all applicable provisions. There are sections for specific types of loads, such as lumber and concrete tubing, and there’s even a section on securing large boulders. MNDOT also publishes a brochure on load securement.
As always, consider your fellow motorists’ safety when transporting items between jobsites. If you have questions about applicable load securement regulations, don’t hesitate to contact us.