A lashing strap is regarded as an important working tool to ensure optimum cargo securing. The lashing strap can be used for the safe transport of a wide range of materials by preventing the goods being transported from slipping or tipping. Lashing straps thus prevent damage to the goods being transported and/or injuries. They make an important contribution to safety.
According to the German Road Traffic Regulations (StVO), cargo must be stowed and secured during transport. The topic of cargo securing in the truck is therefore very important and should always have top priority during transport. This means that the load must not slip or fall over even during emergency braking or when the truck performs an evasive manoeuvre. When securing, the effects of technology and physics must therefore always be observed, and all rules complied with.
Two-part tension straps consist of two straps with a ratchet. Hooks are usually mounted at the long and short ends. These are suitable for different purposes depending on the lashing strap.
Labels are attached to the lashing straps describing the material the strap is made of and the maximum forces it can be used with. They are subject to mandatory labelling and must carry details of the lashing capacity, pre-tensioning force, date of manufacture, elongation, length, material, etc.
A tension strap may only be tensioned to the maximum load to ensure optimum cargo securing in the truck. This is where the label comes into play again – and it must be complied with. If the label is no longer legible or no longer present, the lashing strap must be replaced. Worn lashing straps must not be reused under any circumstances.
There is generally no expiry date for belts: they need to be replaced once there is visible wear. Wear can be recognised by the following wear characteristics:
- If there are visible yarn breaks or cuts.
- If the seams are damaged.
- If a deformation has occurred because of the influence of heat.
- If there is damage from contact with chemicals.
- If the label is missing or illegible.
Lashing straps must also be replaced in the event of breaks, cracks, deformation, corrosion or widening of the hook mouth.