Not sure how the truss part got mangled. It should read something like...when putting truss or equivalent up on load bars it makes sense to have taller people on, what I call, the FRONT of truss. Front being the side of the truss facing the front of the truck, trailer or headlight if you will. My goal in being a bit vague in asking "What is considered the front or back of an object in a trailer?" was not to influence my opinion on what I call the front or back. I was taught many years ago the front of an object, road case, prop, load bar....was the side facing the headlights of the truck and never questioned it until new hands starting saying they were taught the the front of and object was the direction it is moving. Which to me is very dangerous too me. Where is the front if not in motion? example: A truss sitting on the deck of the trailer, Some one says grab the back. What end do you grab? Four loaders lifting a road case to stack on another one. Someone says lower the back end. Where is the back end? A deck cart on a lift gate where it is staring to roll off to crush hands.I am totally baffled by this thread, I feel like there is some over engineering going on.
To me the truck has a Nose and Tail. The part of the case or cart in the truck toward the nose is always the front (even if it is labeled differently). Then you can say things like "is there a load bar in front of that row" and it makes sense.
This just demonstrates my earlier point that you're approaching this the wrong way: the words "front" and "back" are inherently ambiguous on many objects. Rather than expecting everyone to know your personal definition for those two words in this context, you should be encouraging the use of language that is either more rigidly defined or more descriptive. If you say, "Grab the end of the truss towards the front of the truck." that's descriptive enough for me to know exactly what you mean. If you say, "Grab the front of the truss...", then I'll have to stop and ask what you mean.Some one says grab the back. What end do you grab?
I load/unload my trailers on all my tours and agree with almost all of your rules. It's really impressive how many Loaders don't have a clue how to load a truck, I'd honestly print out half of these and put them on the walls of a trailer for those who don't know. (The other half may give new loaders some initiative to try to pack my truck for me!) Sorry...I had to organize your list to provide some order to the chaos!Thank to all who replied. I might be getting a little off topic but I feel I should share. My years of experience right or wrong.
- Do not go into the truck unless invited.
- It is a good idea to have 4 loaders on the truck for safety.
- Too mant people on a truck gets dangerous too.
- Watch out for each other. Notice danger.
- Are load bars upside down that could fall?
- Is there somethings in FRONT of the road case the person breaking the strap can't see.that will fall?
- Do not break the strap or proceed unless told to by the client/owner/lead.
- I have seen many times where we were not going to use that ruck or item and have to redo. Notify you are breaking the strap and make sure there are others loader around to have your back.
- Do not lean load bar on sides of truck or something that could roll away.
- Do no drop load bars on truck deck.
- I personally know people that have tinnitus cause by this.
- Personally I load drivers wall, passenger wall the middle. be sure to call it as such.
- "Drivers wall, as is (or 90), wheel to the...sky, center, drivers wall...I have heard term to the outside. To me this is drivers or passenger wall. not the back of the trailer.
- I usually try not to give either/or option of direction as this will confuse loaders. There are more than one.
- Keep an eye on placement of racket straps before you put the last case in. It seems like always we have to pull out case every time we need to set a strap.
- Straps should be set/etack forward of the back of the case to compress load forward as opposed to compressing the truck walls.
- Pull all slack out of strap before you ratchet making sure strap is not binding.
- I close ratchet making sure slot is lined up to insert strap.
- If truck is loaded same way each time I break straps in the middle and weave strap into etrack hole to get it out of the way. I don't use bungees to hold ratchets.
- I have had racks/cart grab these barely missing my eye.
- If on a grade push case up the center of the trailer then to drives or passenger wall. This turn the wheel parallel. but be careful. It could still roll away. never turn you back on a load.
- Hamper then a solid box before strapping if possible..
- This keeps hamper from being crushed by ratchet.
- 4 man lift even if box is empty. This also keeps the rhythm.
- Never put hand/body where it can get crushed.
- Never push anything onto the truck unless asked.
- Make sure a loader has item before walking away.
- Handle towards the back or trailer if possible. Lift cases from bottom. Handle do come off as well as lids.
This is just a potpourri of stuff and I am sure I missed a lot I wanted to add. Anyhow I hope it does someone good.