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Safe Trailer Loading

Overloading: What's at Stake

Overweight/Overloaded/Improperly Loaded Trucks According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,900 fatalities and 104,000 individuals injured as a result of truck crashes in 2012. One common reason for catastrophic injuries in truck collisions is a driver's loss of control of an overweight or overloaded truck.

Both federal, state and provincial laws include weight restrictions for trucks. Some states/provinces will allow for overweigh permits, but only by documented and secured permission. What does this mean for the companies that are responsible for loading outbound trucks? That understanding the amalgamated weight placed in or on an outgoing truck is absolutely critical. All companies, in all industries are responsible for ensuring that (GVWR) Gross Vehicle Weigh Rating are not exceeded. The GVWR is determined by the trailer manufacturer and stamped on a plate secured to the vehicle for reference. Truck drivers are expected to make regular use of weighing stations to ensure that GVWR ratings are not exceeded and compliance is met by state/provincial regulatory administrations. If trailers are found to be overloaded the driver/company may be issued a fine and forced to unload and bay additional weight at the companies expense.

Mass Overloading Offences

Failure to comply with the aforementioned is committing an Mass Overloading Offence ​ It is an criminal offence to exceed a mass limit on a heavy vehicle. Small breaches can be dealt with through penalty notice and fine, while more serious offences could require charges and court attendance. ​Charges could be brought against any of the following responsible:

  • Driver
  • Drivers employer or prime contractor
  • Operator
  • Consignor
  • Packer
  • Loading Manager
  • Loader

Accident and Liability

When a truck is overloaded its performance is likely to suffer and present challenges to the driver to maintain control. It may require additional braking force than the vehicle is capable of providing along with product shift during travel put both the driver and surrounding vehicles in danger. Especially on inclines, disproportionate trailer loading that compromises a single axel may lead to a multi-vehicle or roll over accident. Holding trucking companies and drivers responsible for overloading accidents is a significant legal trend in both the US and Canada. Many legal firms specialize in just such jurisprudence and seek retribution when overloading is determined to be the root cause of the accident.

SkidWeigh Provides Piece of Mind

Don't chance expensive Mass Overloading Offence fines and the cost of redirecting overloaded product. Ensure that your people and your company are free of any and all liabilities associated with overloading trailers . SkidWeigh provides the most effective and easy to use systems that give your people certainty about what weight is being assigned to a trailer with no interruption to productivity.

IVDT has been manufacturing on-board check weighing scales for more than 30 years and trailer loading comprises a big part of our business. Best in class companies that seek to maximize productivity with no compromise to safety become the best brands in their respective industries. Always at the forefront of operations is the ability to move as much product as possible and understanding weight as its being loaded is no guessing game. IVDT's SkidWeigh weigh scale platform provides best in class companies safe sure systems to weigh product on the go and a number of options to compliment a variety of processes.

SkidWeigh Advantage

  • No need to rely on floor scale
  • Does not impede operator productivity
  • Simple and cost effective
  • Scanner and printer options available
  • Data options range from print receipt, USB excel download, FTP and LAN webpage
  • Fits all counterbalance and reach lift trucks as well as Class III electric pallet trucks​

Provides Operators and Management Safe Sure Weigh Readings without Compromising Productivity

SkidWeigh ED2

On-board check weighing scale that requires no operator input and provides a weight reading within 3 seconds. Accurate to +/-1% of capacity the system can also add weights on the go and indicate lift truck overloading.

SkidWeigh ED2-Elite

Similar to the ED2, the Elite maintains the same accuracy, and options but allows for the connection of a Bluetooth printer. Perfect for applications that require a print receipt.

SkidWeigh ED3

The SkidWeigh ED3 takes productivity to the next level with the ability to enter waybills, tare, accumulative totalling and overloading. It also connect through Bluetooth to scanners and printers for load identifiers and provides data reports through USB.

SkidWeigh ED4

The SkidWeigh ED4 combines the productivity of the ED3 with wireless network connectivity. Details of truck loading are at your fingertips as it happens when it happens with both FTP uploads and a LAN web page.

Onboard Printers and Data Reports Through USB

Onboard Automatic Trailer Freight Weighing

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