Lashing straps serve an important role in various industries, especially in the transport business. There are factors, however, that you need to consider and remember so you can continue using these transport accessory safely and effectively.
These four may only cover a small area of concern, but it will help nonetheless:
Staying Within the Limit
Lashing straps come in various sizes and lengths. Each one comes with information on its capacity limit. Make sure you are using the right lashing belts for the right job. Do not overload your cargo as it can lead to costly damages.
You need to check the lashing belts before and/or after every use. It is very risky to continue using damaged cargo belts. Apart from the natural wear and tear, human errors and overloaded cargoes can damage industrial grade lashing belts. Apart from the webbing, make sure that the ratchet handle assembly is not damaged.
You must know how to use cargo belts properly. Do not twist or tie the belts. It is also important to secure the belts away from the sharp edges of your cargo to prevent any potential punctures and abrasion that can lead to tears.
Do not use the lashing cargo belts in lifting equipment. Lashing belts secure your cargo to a fleet, and are not particularly useful in lifting heavy machinery or cargo.
Learn how to store cargo belt properly. Keep them away from direct sunlight as UV rays can make lead to discoloured and brittle fibres. These will make them lose their strength, increasing the risk of damage to your cargo. In the case of wet straps, allow them to dry naturally before storing them. Storing wet straps can lead to mold and mildew problems.
Lashing straps are great investments for your business. They are also useful in homes to secure cargo for a road trip. It has many uses and with the right care, they can last a long time.