HGV driver uses service area table to prevent load falling off trailer

A lack of proper load securing forced a truck driver to stop at a German motorway service area and find a creative way to stop his cargo from sliding off the trailer.

HGV driver uses service area table to prevent load falling off trailer
Photo credits @ Polizei Hessen

Last Wednesday, worried road users of the A45 motorway called the police to inform them about a Romanian HGV whose load had obviously slipped and was in danger of sliding off the trailer completely.

By the time a patrol from the nearby motorway police located the truck, the driver had obviously become aware of the problem and had headed for a motorway service area, explains the police report.

There, the driver used a creative idea to prevent parts of his load, several packages of trapezoidal sheets with a total weight of 5.3 tons, from falling off the trailer. He secured the cargo to a concrete table and bench with some lashing straps.

“The motorway police patrol were amazed when they examined the unconventional rescue operation,” reads the report.

Photo credits @ Polizei -Hessen

The combination of incorrectly securing the load with a rectangular wooden structure and fixing it with metal straps that buckled under the weight of the sheet metal, plus a semi-trailer that was unsuitable for this type of transport, had caused the load to become dangerously lopsided.

After the upper trapezoidal sheet metal had been reloaded with a crane, and the load securing had been removed by the police, the law enforcement officers allowed the vehicle to continue its journey.

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