Loose Loads Turn Into Debris Danger

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Drivers are facing increasing danger on freeways due to poorly secured materials, tools and other loads. When loose material becomes dangerous flying debris, it has a huge impact on our roadways and on our insurance liability rates.

Drivers are facing increasing danger on freeways due to poorly secured materials, tools and other loads. When loose material becomes dangerous flying debris, it has a huge impact on our roadways and on our insurance liability rates.

“Daily we’re seeing a deadly old menace on our roads and highways. It is proving very costly both in terms of people hurt or killed and millions of taxpayers’ dollars to clean it up,” says Angel Rivera, President of LOAD-HELPER LLC and creator of Load-Helper, a tie-down system developed to secure those hazardous shipments in transit.

To counter the growing debris problem, the California Department of Transportation has launched a new, $6.5 million dollar public awareness campaign called, “Don’t Trash California” to focus attention on the problem.

“The fact is,” says Rivera, “that along with making people aware of the danger of road debris, we need to provide contractors and others a simple way to secure their loads more safely. Our product, Load-Helper, works with existing tie-downs to make securement effective. It will save valuable time when tying down before a driver is about to get on the road with materials or tools in a truck bed or attached to an overhead frame --- but it can make all the difference.”

According to CALTRANS, the tool that most often turns into flying debris is an aluminum ladder. That item is closely followed on the statistics list by sheets of plywood and lumber that are improperly secured and become loose on the road.

“Its simple physics -- loads fly out the back of a truck when the vehicle moves forward or they shift to the front when braking. Unfortunately, that’s the one fact most people fail to consider until they see part of their load flying off. Our system provides that added all-important help to shield loads from becoming projectiles and striking other vehicles,” adds Rivera.

LOAD-HELPER Systems include a full-line of different sizes and lengths of shields to secure a wide array of loads. LOAD-HELPER, LLC., is a California-based company that manufactures transportation tie-down systems designed to make highway and road travel safer. For more information, contact Katie Toral at 800-819-1142 or visit http://www.load-helper.com.

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