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Cargo Tiedown Warnings

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Cargo Tiedown Warnings

Rated Load = Rated Capacity = Working Load Limit

Cargo Tiedown Warnings
Can fail if damaged, misused or overloaded. Use only if trained. Observe rated load. Avoid sharp edges and exposure to acid, alkali, sunlight and temperatures over 180°F. Do not use for overhead lifting. Remove from service if metal fittings are cracked, worn or deformed. DEATH OR INJURY can occur from improper use or care.



  • Store in a clean, cool, dark dry place away from sunlight when not in use.
  • Ultraviolet light (sunlight) will reduce the strength of webbing.


  • Check cargo weight.
  • Determine how many tiedowns are needed: Total rated load (working load limit) of all the tiedowns used to secure the load must not be less than 1/2 the cargo weight.
  • Reduce the rated load if angle (tiedown to load) is less than 90°.
  • Attach tiedowns so as to restrict cargo movement.
  • Pad sharp edges that contact the webbing.
  • Avoid dragging tiedown over rough surfaces and from under the load.
  • Defective or weak anchor points reduce the rated load.
  • Never use tiedown to lift or suspend cargo.
  • For use in abnormal conditions of heat, cold, chemical activity, consult the manufacturer.
  • Always follow Federal, State or provincial regulations and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) guidance for securing cargo.


  • Before use, check tag for the tiedown rated load. If tag is missing or illegible, do not use the tiedown.
  • Look at webbing for cuts, knots, fraying, melted or charred fabric or chemical damage. Observe whether more than one-fourth of the stitching in a load bearing splice is worn through or cut.
  • Look at hardware for distorted, cracked, worn fittings. If this wear or damage is present, if rated load cannot be determined, do not use the tiedown.
  • Frequent inspection is done by the person handling the tiedown each day it is used and must include all of the Before use items. Periodic inspections should be conducted at least monthly for normal service, more often if use is frequent or severe. Periodic inspections are performed by a designated person.


  • Field repair is not permitted. Only manufacturers or other qualified persons may make repairs.

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