CVSA’s Brake Safety Week 2021 Starts This Week

Brake Safety Week is running from August 22nd-28th. Find out what law enforcement officials will be inspecting, and how to prepare for it.

Inspectors will be on the lookout for faulty brakes this week. 

From now until August 28th, law enforcement officials in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will perform brake inspections as part of CVSA’s Brake Safety Week. This campaign is an important week for truck drivers because properly functioning brakes are critical for safe driving. The truck’s brakes can withhold tough conditions, but brakes are inspected so your truck can perform well throughout its life.

Read more to find out what the week is about, what law enforcement officials will be inspecting, and how to prepare for it.

What is Brake Safety Week?

CVSA Brake Safety Week 2021

This is a campaign hosted by CVSA to conduct roadside inspections and identify brake violations on commercial motor vehicles. If your vehicle has any violations, it will be placed out-of-service (OOS) until they are corrected.

If you pass the inspection during the Level I or V inspection, you will receive a CVSA decal.

What Will Officials be Inspecting?

They’ll look at your brake system and its components, as well as its maintenance, operation, and performance. Inspectors will pay attention to the brake hoses and tubing which must be without leaks, appropriately flexible, and be free of any other type of damage.

According to CVSA, the inspector will:

  • Check for missing, non-functioning, loose, contaminated or cracked parts on the brake system.
  • Check for S-cam flip-over.
  • Listen for audible air leaks around brake components and lines.
  • Check for improper connections and chafing of air hoses and tubing.
  • Ensure slack adjusters are the same length (from center of S-cam to center of clevis pin) and the air chambers on each axle are the same size.
  • Ensure the air system maintains air pressure.
  • Look for non-manufactured holes (such as rust holes or holes created by friction) and broken springs in the spring brake housing.
  • Mark and measure pushrod travel.
  • Inspect required brake system warning devices, such as anti-lock braking system malfunction lamp(s) and low air-pressure warning devices.
  • Inspect the tractor protection system, including the bleed-back system on the trailer.
  • Ensure the breakaway system is operable on the trailer.

In addition to checking your brake system, they may also look at other components so your vehicle is in top-notch shape. This can include:

  • Cargo securement
  • Coupling devices
  • Driveline/driveshaft components
  • Driver’s seat (if it’s missing)
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting devices 
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Suspensions 
  • Tires and wheels
  • Van and open-top trailer bodies  
  • Rims and hubs
  • Windshield wipers

Why Does Brake Safety Week Occur Every Year?

CVSA Brake Safety Week 2021 August

Although commercial motor vehicles’ brakes can hold up against tough conditions, you must inspect them often. Your vehicle’s brake system needs to be maintained carefully to perform well throughout its life. 

Brake-related violations make up the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations during roadside inspections. If the brake system is poorly maintained, this can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks and buses. This poses a serious risk to drivers!

Back on May 19th, 2021, CVSA presented data proving why a week is devoted to identifying brake violations on commercial motor vehicles. Brake violations and removing vehicles with out-of-service brake violations exist because:

  • Brake system and brake adjustment violations accounted for more vehicle violations than any other vehicle violation category, accounting for 38.6% of all vehicle out-of-service conditions, during last year’s three-day International Roadcheck.
  • “Brake system” was the third most cited vehicle-related factor in fatal commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) latest “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts” report.
  • Brake-related violations accounted for eight out of the top 20 vehicle violations in 2020, according to FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System.
  • During last year’s Brake Safety Week, 12% of the 43,565 commercial motor vehicles inspected were placed out of service for brake-related violations.

How to Prepare for the Inspection

Inspect your brake system and all brake components regularly during your pre and post-trip inspection. Performing this can help you identify any issues and feel confident that your vehicle is in safe operating condition. 

We have a list of items below that you can visually check your brake system on a regular basis:

  • Celvis pins
  • Slack adjuster 
  • Air lines
  • Air brake chamber
  • Cotter pins
  • Brake hoses and tubing 

The CVSA has a FAQ sheet that answers common questions about your brake system that you can learn more about. They also have a brake inspection checklist which is a great way for you to stay prepared for your roadside inspection!

At US Cargo Control, We Care About Your Safety

Just like how you would practice being a safe driver, inspecting your brakes is equally as important. If you continue to inspect your vehicle’s components regularly, you can leave others and yourself safe from dangerous situations.

Read our other blogs to practice even safer driving behaviors:

Dos and Don’ts on Load Securement

A Simple Guide on How to Use a Ratchet Strap and How to Release It

How Many Tie Down Straps Do I Need to Secure My Cargo?

Working Load Limit, Breaking Strength & Safety Factor: What Do They Mean?

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. We appreciate your hard work to deliver the goods that we consume every day. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

How to Select a Load Cell

Ask these 4 simple questions to pinpoint the exact load cell you need

You don’t have to be an expert in load cell technology to select the one you need and feel confident that it will get the job done right.

The technology found in many modern load cells can seem overwhelming at first, but in industries where precision is a must, choosing and properly using an appropriate load cell could mean the difference between another successful day at work and an expensive or potentially dangerous miscalculation.

Luckily, we’re in 2021. Once you select the load cell that’s right for your application, you can enjoy enhanced safety, accuracy, and efficiency through the use of simple software and load cell readouts that fit in the palm of your hand, function from nearly a mile away, and provide +/- 0.1% accuracy.

Despite the many brands and types of load cells available on the market today, choosing the exact right one for your needs is fairly simple when you break it all down. Let’s walk through the 4 simple questions that will guide you in selecting the right load cell.

selecting load cells
Tension load cells from Straightpoint can handle tension reading capacities ranging from 1-ton up to 500-tons.

1. What is your application environment?

First, it’s important to consider the general environment in which you’ll be using the load cell. In terms of durability, there’s a wide spectrum ranging from low-capacity, unsealed load cells to weatherproof multi-ton options.

If you’re needing load cells for industrial applications involving cranes or heavy loads, you’ll want to select a trusted load cell brand that’s been rigorously tested and proven to have high manufacturing standards. If the load cell could be exposed to water you’ll want one rated for common environmental protections like IP67 or NEMA6.

2. What are you needing to measure?

Next, what is the specific goal you’re trying to accomplish with a load cell? Tug testing? Structural weighing? Laying cable, or maybe something else? “Load cell” is a broad term that encompasses many different electronic measurement tools including tensiometers, dynamometers, load shackles, and even common crane scales. Of course, you’ll want to get a load cell that’s designed to safely measure whatever it is you’re working with. Still, keep in mind that there is some crossover in what these load cell types can do. Below is a list of common load cell types found in the rigging and lifting industry, plus their common application.

Compression Load Cells – structural weighing and the confirmation of mass or center of gravity


Tension Load Cells – measures tension levels, commonly used for overhead weighing and heavy lift applications


Crane Scales – weighs pretty much anything that can be fasted to its hanging hook, crane optional


Shackle Load Cells – common in industrial crane applications, especially limited headroom or super heavy lift projects

Towcells – monitors tensile towing forces, engineered for emergency/rescue services, salvage, 4X4 events, and other vehicle load monitoring applications


Running Line Dynamometers – measures tension, line speed, and distance for wire rope, electrical cables, and synthetic rope


Clamp On Line Tensiometers – measuring guy wire and wire rope tension

wire rope tension load cell from straightpoint
The Straightpoint COLT clamp on line tensionmeter is a fast and accurate tool for measuring guy wire and wire rope tension up to 11,000 pounds with up to 1-inch diameters.

3. How do you want to transmit and check load cell readouts?

If you have a smartphone in your pocket, you know just how far wireless technology has come over the past few years. Load cells are no exception. In fact, many modern load cells such as industry-leading Straightpoint load monitoring load cells, are compatible with your cell phone or smart device via Bluetooth or by simply downloading a free load cell monitoring app. These advanced wireless load cells work from long distances for increased safety and can also sync with a larger computer or a special wireless handheld reader to remotely read and adjust load cell setups. Of course, wired load cell options still exist, but it’s important to understand there are many more options in the field these days that could bring you added benefits.

4. What weight capacity and dimension requirements do you have?

Finally, once you know the level of durability you need, the type of load cell that measures your workload, and whether you want wired or wireless transmission, you’re almost finished. The final step in how to select a load cell is to ensure you get one that can handle your application’s weight capacity and physical dimensions. Whether it’s in pounds, kilograms, tons, inches, or centimeters – check the spec sheets carefully to ensure the load capacity and physical dimensions of the load cell itself align with your application. You shouldn’t have any doubt in your mind that what you order can handle your load safely and effectively.

Summary

Whether you have old load monitoring load cells that need to be replaced or are investing in these intelligent tools for the first time, selecting the proper load cell is important. Professionals in many different industries rely on these tools to provide precise measurements that could otherwise mean costly mistakes. First, decide on the level of durability you want. Then, consider what you’re needing to measure and the way you’d like to transmit those measurements. Finally, narrow in on the load cell specs to find one that’s able to comfortably handle your application.

Still have questions? Give our rigging and lifting product experts a call at 800-404-7068.

7 Things Truckers Must Know About COVID-19 While Driving On The Road

It can be tricky to process what’s happening for truckers or what to do during the pandemic. Read 7 things truckers must know about COVID-19.

With the Coronavirus pandemic continuously creating new changes, it can be tricky to process what’s happening for long-haul truckers. What we do know is that long-haul truckers could still be potentially exposed to COVID-19 when coming into close contact with truck stop attendants, store clerks, dock workers, or other drivers. We pulled together a list of tips truckers can follow to continue staying safe.

A Different Look on Restaurants’ Drive-Thru Businesses

restaurants adjusting business relating to COVID-19

Popular restaurants could potentially remove dine-in services or offer limited seating soon. Even with the vaccine already here in the United States, this may not still change for restaurants like Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Burger King as they still plan to shift to a “grab-and-go” business.

These quick-service restaurants haven’t forgotten about truck drivers though. With some changes to the drive-thru services, they plan to still assist and support truck drivers. This could be walking out their order to the curb or somewhere a driver can park.

Also, restaurants and fast food locations are offering truck drivers discounts and additional offers. Check out which of your favorite restaurants are offering discounts and offers at franchise.org.

Tip: If you want to save the trip to the restaurant, check out 6 Types of Driver Cooking Equipment!

Continue to Stay 6 Feet Apart at Work

Although this continues to be a requirement by the CDC, staying 6 feet apart is still critical. You may be exposed to the virus at your job when you’re in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes or more) with truck stop attendants, store workers, dock workers, other truckers, or others with COVID-19.

Limit your time spent outside when you’re near people. This includes filing gas up, loading and unloading the cargo load, and at rest/truck stops. You can also contact facilities in advance to make an appointment for unloading cargo so everybody including you are safe. Plan the best you can under these special circumstances because your health and safety are most important.

Be aware that some facilities may not grant access to bathrooms, so make sure you are prepared.

Feel Under the Weather? Communicate with Your Employer.

truck driver communicating through walkie-talkie

If you start to have symptoms, communicate with your employer so you can begin taking safety precautions. Create a plan on what to do if you’re still on the road like where to stop, where and how to seek medical advice, and plans for freight delivery. If you need to stop somewhere and it’s at a hot spot, find a hotel room or sleep in your sleeper berth and continue to social distance.

If you start to have symptoms and need some guidance, we got you covered with these steps recommended by CDC.

Wear Cloth Masks in Public and at Work

With the entire county requiring people to wear masks inside restaurants, grocery stores, etc., you can’t go wrong with wearing a cloth mask, scarf, or bandana. Wear them in public and at work, and this will still help you prevent getting the virus. This can also help prevent people who don’t know they have the virus.

Clean Frequently-Touched Surfaces Often

cleaning truck during coronavirus

As a safety precaution, try to clean surfaces in your truck. Since this is the place where you are actively working, a few places to consider sanitizing are:

  • In the truck cab – sanitize the door handles, steering wheels, seat belt and buckle, turn signal, radio, wiper controls, seat cover, head rests and armrests, and dashboards.
  • In the sleeper berth – clean areas like light switches, mattress tray, and other flat surfaces.
  • Keep your truck well-ventilated

One of the dirtiest places to touch are gas pumps, so make sure to sanitize your hands after fueling up. Also, try to go digital or electronic and avoid receipts or other objects that may pass around without protection.

Stock up on Food, Water, and Supplies

stocking supplies in truck

As this was previously mentioned in 4 tips on how to stay healthy during a pandemic, it’s always good to stay stocked on medicine and supplies in case of an emergency. With winter already on its way, it may be good to have some medicine in hand in case you have the common cold, virus, flu, or else. Not only can stocking up on supplies help during emergencies, this can help you limit the number of stops at restaurants, grocery stops, and convenience stores.

Get Your Information from Credible Sources

For general tips and information, continue to read from credible sources such as the CDC, FMCSA, CVSA, ATA, and more. It’s still good to keep your eyes and ears open during the Coronavirus pandemic, and any new updates. Check out CDC’s page on general tips on what truck drivers can do to protect themselves and slow the spread.

At US Cargo Control, we care about the safety of our hard-working truckers and for continuing to pave the way for our country. If you have any questions about our products, give our a team a call at 866-444-9990.

US Cargo Control becomes Official Supplier of Straightpoint Load Monitoring Loadcells

Straightpoint, a Crosby owned company, has announced US Cargo Control, a leader in the lifting and rigging equipment sales industry, as an official supplier.

In addition to providing a large selection of essential lifting and rigging equipment, including wire rope slings, chain slings, polyester round slings, shackles, and more– the online retailer now offers complimentary load cell monitoring tools in a variety of styles and capabilities.

Load cells translate pressure into electrical signals that allow operators of various lifting and rigging applications to precisely measure and safely monitor the tension of loads involving wire rope, guy wire, synthetic rope, shackles, and more. They are commonly used in oil and gas, shipping, construction, renewable energies, lifting and cranes, mining, staging, test and inspection, and military applications. Load monitoring load cells not only help prolong the life of valuable lifting and rigging equipment, but they can also drastically improve safety on the job and prevent costly accidents.

“We understand that safety and reliability are of the utmost importance for industrial rigging and heavy lift jobs,” said Aaron Orsak, Business Development Manager for Load Monitoring at The Crosby Group. “These Straightpoint load cells allow operators to receive tension readouts from a safe distance, up to 3,280-feet away, and just because they’re electronic doesn’t mean they’ll break. These products are designed to be beaten up, tossed around, and still provide accurate readings.”

Through this partnership, US Cargo Control now offers the full line of popular Straightpoint products including tension load cells (Radiolink Plus and Wirelink Plus), compression load cells, clamp on line tensionmeters, running line dynamometers, shackle load cells, and digital crane scales. You can also rely on US Cargo Control to acquire and become educated on all the different Straightpoint software systems and handheld readers that these load cells are compatible with.  

Tim Sanders, Business Development Consultant, US Cargo Control

“These Straightpoint loadcells offer unrivaled functionality and durability – nothing else on the market comes close. Whether you’re looking for state-of-the-art wireless load cells that send readouts to a computer or smartphone, or you need cabled load cells that are better equipped for subsea applications – Straightpoint products offer the superior tension measurement solutions you need, and they’re all available right here at USCC.”

About US Cargo Control

Founded in 2005, US Cargo Control is a trusted leader in the cargo control industry, specializing in professional rigging and lifting equipment, trucking and transportation tie downs, and moving supplies. With a superior online shopping experience, industry-experts available via phone, and a central Midwest location, USCC is dedicated to getting you “what you want, when you need it”. For more information visit www.uscargocontrol.com

About Crosby

Crosby is a leading manufacturer of premium accessories used in lifting, rigging and securement applications. Based in the US, the company has the reputation around the world for providing a broad range of products suitable for the most demanding of operating conditions with uncompromising quality.  Products include wire rope clips, hooks, shackles, lifting clamps, hoist rings, overhaul balls, snatch blocks, crane blocks and sheaves.  Crosby also provides a “world class” training program, focusing on the proper application of Crosby Products.

About Straightpoint

For 40 years Straightpoint has manufactured and supplied cabled and wireless telemetry loadlink, load shackles, load cells, digital dynamometers, compression loadcells, crane scales, running line tensiometers, and software solutions as well as a range of intrinsically safe load cells. Safety, reliability, and quality are paramount in the lifting and rigging industries and so Straightpoint designs and manufactures to the highest standards including ISO9001, DNV-GL Type Approval, ATEX, and IECEx, whilst holding other accreditations and active memberships in key associations such as LEEA, AWRF, SC&RA, and ASME.  Straightpoint manufactures load cells from 1t to over 4000t and products offer dynamic load monitoring, weighing, or force measurement solutions and high accuracy with world-class specifications and lead times. Unlike other load cells and digital dynamometers available on the market, the high IP or NEMA rating of Straightpoint load cells means they are impervious to the harshest weather conditions and may be left in place during a lift just like any other item of rigging hardware. Our wireless technology allows antennae free data transmission to 700 meters or 2300 feet and can be connected to the latest Internet of Things (IOT) and industry 4.0 technology. Straightpoint load cells are used in many industries such as oil and gas, shipping, construction, renewable energies, lifting and cranes, topside and tie downs, mining, entertainment, water bag testing, breakbulk, utilities, and military applications. With locations in Hampshire and Aberdeen UK, California, Minneapolis, and Texas USA plus a global network of over 80 authorized distributors.

Do You Know How Much That Weighs? Straightpoint Load Cells Do

USCC now offers a full selection of superior Straightpoint load cell solutions.

If you’re a professional in the rigging and lifting industry, you know that close is never close enough. And guesstimating? Well, that’s just not a great option when you’re talking about lifting a multi-ton load.

Just ask these guys.

Courtesy of: WOOD THINGS!

There’s no question, whether it’s tension on a wire rope assembly or compression caused by a heavy structure, it pays to “know your load” at all times. Be it tons, pounds, or kilograms – just the slightest miscalculation is enough to cause an expensive and perhaps even life-threatening accident.

Luckily, there are load monitoring load cells. Commonly referred to as “tensiometers” or “dynamometers”, load cells use electrical signals to precisely measure the tension of rigged loads involving wire rope, guy wire, synthetic rope, shackles, and other types of rigging equipment.

water testing using straightpoint wireless load cells

What’s the benefit of load cells for lifting?

Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to complex rigging and heavy lift jobs. Many modern load cells allow operators to receive tension readouts from a safe distance, sometimes several thousand feet away. This is extremely important for applications involving overhead cranes, offshore drilling, tug testing, water bag testing, overhead weighing, cable laying, vehicle recovery, or any type of heavy-lift projects. But not all load cells are created equal.

What’s the best load cell available?

Straightpoint, a Crosby owned company, offers unrivaled load cell tension measurement tools. Their quality and functionality are unsurpassed by any other load cell brand in existence.

sp load cells in use
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straightpoint load cell supplier

Now, US Cargo Control is proud to be an official supplier of Straightpoint’s intelligent line of load cell load monitoring solutions, including Straightpoint’s long-range wireless load cells and intelligent load cell software that brings your safety into the 21st century.

insight software load cell reading

Don’t put your company and its priceless reputation in unnecessarily dangerous situations. Use Straightpoint Loadcells to take the weight off your shoulders and safety into the palm of your hand.

Types of load cells from Straightpoint

Wireless, Bluetooth-enabled, and classic cabled load cells are all available. Whether you need tension load cells, compression load cells, clamp-on line tensiometers, running line dynamometers, shackles load cells, or mini crane scales – USCC has you covered with a full selection of high-quality Straightpoint products.

Tension Load Cells

straightpoint load cells for tension readings

Tension load cells are great for a wide variety of applications. Radiolink Plus (wireless) and Wirelink Plus (cabled), can handle tension reading capacities up to 500-ton. Towcell is the perfect solution for vehicle load monitoring applications as it fits directly onto a 2” tow ball. 

Compression Load Cells

best compression load cells

Compression load cells are used to calculate the center of gravity. Straightpoint compression load cells can handle loads up to 1000-ton and you can read up to 100 wireless compression load cells from your computer or tablet and also create real-time test certificates on-site. Wired compression load cells are also available. 

Clamp on Line Tensiometers

best tensiometer for measuring wire rope and guy wire tension wirelessly

Straightpoint’s line tensiometer, the COLT, is an industry-leading smartphone-enabled clamp-on line tensiometer. It’s a fast and accurate way to measure wire rope or guy wire tension.

Running Line Dynamometers

best dynamometer for wire rope

Straightpoint’s line of running line dynamometers are able to measure tension, line speed, and distance of wire rope, fiber optic cables, and synthetic rope. These dynamometers are very useful in situations where there is no anchor or dead end on the line.

Shackle Load Cells

wireless load shackle from Straightpoint

Loadshackles from Straightpoint provide the perfect solution to limited headroom or super heavy-lift projects. Wireless load shackles, Bluetooth-only, and cabled versions are all available. Straightpoint Loadshackles are made using Crosby brand shackles. All Loadshackles from Straightpoint have a load-centering bobbin and range in capacity from 3.25- ton to 400-ton.

Miniweigher Crane Scales

best digital crane scale

Straightpoint Miniweigher Plus crane scales are compact, safe, accurate, and suitable for a number of applications. These wireless crane scales are often mounted between a winch and a tripod, allowing for load monitoring and safe lowering and raising of equipment and personnel. They’re able to handle up to 5 ton.

Straightpoint Loadcell output options

When it comes to viewing tension readings and remotely controlling Straightpoint Loadcells, you have options. Choose wired or wireless handheld controllers, laptop computer/smart device output, or even a wireless LCD scoreboard display.

SW-HHP handheld load cell readout device
load cell app for smartphone
wireless LCD load cell scoreboard

Remember, in addition to physical load cell equipment, US Cargo Control also offers compatible Straightpoint computer software and systems.

Expert answers to all your Straightpoint Loadcell questions

touring iuoe cranes and machinery

We have a team of lifting and rigging equipment specialists that understand Straightpoint Loadcell products in-and-out. Don’t hesitate to give them a call at 800-404-7068 for fast and friendly answers to all your load cell questions.

CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2020 is Approaching

If you haven’t already, read how to prepare your vehicle and yourself for a North American Level I Inspection.

If you haven’t already, read how to prepare your vehicle and yourself for a North American Level I Inspection.

After the International Roadcheck 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19, CVSA has now rescheduled the event for September 9th-11th. During the 72-hour inspection, law enforcement will verify your driving requirements and examine your vehicle’s components.

What Will the Inspection Look Like?

truck driver on the radio

This year’s focus will be on the driver’s requirements during the roadside inspections. The North American Standard Level I Inspection is a 37-step procedure that includes two main categories: the driver portion and the vehicle portion. There may be a third category of the Level I Inspection which is on hazardous materials and dangerous goods.

The inspections will occur at designated fixed locations or as part of roving mobile patrols.

The Driver Portion

Inspectors will be examining your driver’s license, Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate, and record of duty status and vehicle inspection reports (if applicable). Some of the top violations have been the failure to use a seat belt, operating a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL, and not carrying a medical certificate.

Inspectors Will be Checking You for:

  1. Your age
  2. Commercial Driver’s license or operator’s/chauffeur’s license or permit
  3. Driver’s medical/physical requirements
  4. Sickness or fatigue
  5. Intoxicating beverages and drugs and other substances
  6. Driver’s record of duty status

Download the PDF to read more about the driver’s requirements and violations.

The Vehicle Portion

The other category, the Vehicle Portion, will consist of inspecting the vehicle’s components to ensure everything is running smoothly. Such items that will be inspected are brake systems, cargo securement, driver’s seat, and suspension. Read below for a checklist of what components inspectors will be examining.

Vehicle Cheat Sheet for International Roadcheck 2020:

  1. Brakes
  2. Coupling Devices
  3. Fuel and Exhaust Systems
  4. Frame, Van, and Open-Top Trailers
  5. Lighting
  6. Securement of Cargo
  7. Steering
  8. Suspension
  9. Tires, Wheels, Rims, and Hubs

Read more on how these components will be inspected.

CVSA’s Decals

If there are no critical violations found, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle. This means you successfully passed the inspection, and you are able to continue driving! If you did not pass the inspection, you will have to correct all violations before you may drive again.

Why Does International Roadcheck Exist?

truck driver staying alert and checking on his truck

This event increases the importance of commercial motor vehicle safety. Not only are they making sure your vehicle is safe to drive, but they are also making sure you and other drivers around you are safe. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data, of the approximately 3.36 million inspections conducted in 2019, 952,938 driver violations were discovered, of which 199,722 were out-of-service conditions.

“Although the coronavirus pandemic, understandably, shifted priorities and personnel during the spring, the commercial motor vehicle law enforcement community has reasserted its focus on the roadside inspection program and enforcement duties,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “Jurisdictions are nearly back to their pre-pandemic capacity with a strengthened concentration on identifying and removing unfit vehicles and drivers from our roadways using federal safety standards and the out-of-service criteria.”

At US Cargo Control, We Care About Your Safety

We placed an importance on Operation Safe Driver Week and Brake Safety Week, and we want to place the same critical importance on International Roadcheck 2020. With COVID-19 creating changes, we want to ensure our truck drivers are safe and aware of these events.

With cargo securement being one of the items that will be inspected, we have tips on how to secure your cargo. Read the Dos and Don’ts on Load Securement to keep others and yourself safe.

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

Operation Safe Driver Week 2020 is Here, and How to Prepare for it

Operation Safe Driver Week is July 12th-July 18th. Read what the week is about, and how to prepare for it.

Operation Safe Driver Week 2020 is here from July 12th to July 18th. It’s important that all truck drivers are driving carefully for the long haul. Read what this week is about, and how to prepare for it.

Note: This week is the first and one of the largest organized events since the coronavirus pandemic canceled CVSA’s annual International Roadcheck inspection in early May.

What is Operation Safe Driver Week?

officer during cvsa operation safe driver

During this time, CVSA and law enforcement across North America engage in traffic safety enforcement and education aimed to combat unsafe driving behaviors. With the coronavirus pandemic creating less traffic on the roads, this may encourage unsafe driving behaviors.

With less traffic on the roads, speeding is one of the leading unsafe driving behaviors. Due to recent data, CVSA mentions that “the average speed on interstate highways, state highways and expressways in those areas increased by as much as 75% compared to January and February.” Because of this alarming data, CVSA decided speeding should be the focus area for this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week.

What Do I Need to Know About Operation Safe Driver Week 2020?

truck driver driving for the long haul

What you need to know is if you are pulled over for speeding, it is an invitation for officers to deeply investigate you and your vehicle. Warnings or citations will be issued if you engage in dangerous driving behaviors. Other unsafe driving behaviors law enforcement will track are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt
  • Following too closely
  • Improper lane change
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Failure to obey traffic control devices
  • Drunk or drugged driving

Speeding Results the Past Few Months

During the past few months, some results CSVA discovered are:

  • In New York City, transportation officials reported an increase of more than 60% in the number of speed camera tickets issued in March compared to a year ago. At the same time, traffic was down more than 90% compared to January.
  • In Washington, D.C., traffic decreased 80% in March compared to January, while officials recorded a 20% increase in March speeding tickets. Of those tickets, violations for driving 21-25 mph over the speed limit rose by nearly 40%.
  • In Minnesota, motor vehicle crashes and fatalities more than doubled compared to the same time period in previous years. Half those deaths were related to speeding or careless or negligent driving.
  • In Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska and Utah, police have clocked highway speeds of more than 100 mph.
  • Chicago and Los Angeles went from travel speed increases of 35-38% above average to 74-75% above average in just one week.

At US Cargo Control, We Care About Your Safety

With a focus on safer driving behaviors, securing your cargo is equally important. Last year, cargo securement was the number four violation! Read the Dos and Don’ts on Load Securement to keep others and yourself safe.

It may be easier to speed so you can reach your destination faster, but fatalities may occur. It’s better to get there safely, than not get there at all. Stay safe out there and use defensive driving skills!

Missed out on Truckers Jamboree? Watch their virtual event from this past weekend!

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. We appreciate your hard work to deliver the goods that we consume every day. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

WSTDA COVID-19 Guidance For Synthetic Slings and Tie Downs

WSTDA releases guidance for COVID-19.

The Web Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA) recently released guidance on disinfecting synthetic slings and tie-downs to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

In general, it is not recommended that web slings and tie-downs be washed or disinfected as it can lead to a loss of strength. Many chemicals and cleaners commonly used to disinfect other inanimate household objects could have adverse effects on synthetic slings and tie-downs.

We understand there are a lot of questions and unknowns when it comes to the Coronavirus pandemic and encourage our customers to read the full release from the WSTDA on their website.

At US Cargo Control, we care about our customers and getting them what they want, when they need it. If you have any questions about our products, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

Stay safe everyone!

4 Types of Cargo Control Nets and Their Different Applications

Netting can have many different uses including personnel safety, containing debris, or transporting cargo – but having the right net for your application is crucial.

Debris Netting, Personnel Safety Netting, Lifting Netting, & Pickup Truck Netting.

Netting can have many different uses including personnel safety, containing debris, or transporting cargo – but having the right net for your application is crucial. Not only will you prevent damage with the proper net, but you will also provide safety for yourself and others. Whether used at construction sites, transportation projects, or for a weekend project, nets will protect workers, pedestrians, vehicles, and nearby property.

At US Cargo Control, we carry and customize 4 types of cargo nets: Scaffold & Debris Nets, Personnel Safety Nets, Lifting Nets, and Truck Loading Nets. Read on below to learn more about these nets.

FUN FACT: OUR MANUFACTURING TEAM CAN CUSTOM MAKE NETTING TO MATCH YOUR SPECIFIC, INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

1. Scaffold and Debris Nets

Made of polypropylene, scaffold and debris nets are commonly used in the agriculture and construction industries. These nets offer protection for both workers and individuals around the building site, as well as other properties. Scaffold nets reduce the risk of accidents, improve productivity, and shortens cleanup time.

You can also use these nets as bridge debris netting, which surrounds a bridge while undergoing work to protect pedestrians, workers, vehicles and other properties from falling debris. This net is especially ideal for situations where debris may fall into rivers and streams. A durable, economical and eco-friendly net, the net makes clean up safer and minimize liabilities.

2. Personnel Safety Nets

Manufactured in a knotted nylon twine, personnel safety nets can be used for any type of construction such as building and bridge construction, tunnel construction, and highway overpass construction. The netting consists of attachment hooks and a high-tenacity polyamide fiber for a strong end-product with plenty of durability and efficiency. These nets provide not just on-the-job safety, but also protect nearby property and prevent loss of time and job site materials.

3. Lifting Nets

Lifting nets are excellent to use for lifting a variety of cargo that’s either heavy and/or an awkward shape, or any cargo that is difficult to accommodate with traditional webbing lifting slings. It is manufactured in high-tenacity polypropylene fiber which is considered “knotless” due to the unique knitting construction.

Our lifting nets are also designed with a nylon peripheral rope for each of the four loops to create a balanced support system. The net encloses around the cargo, providing securement and balanced lifting, without adding excessive weight like a chain sling or lifting beam often can.

4. Pickup Truck Cargo Nets

Pickup truck cargo nets are a quick and easy way to secure your load while on the road. We offer cargo nets that are designed for shorter bed pickup trucks and ones for long-bed pickup trucks. To provide the best quality with the best security for your load, both nets come with S-hooks and cam buckles for quick attachment and securement.

In addition, each strap of the cargo net is attached with a 5k D-ring, so you will never have to worry about damaging or losing your cargo.

Read more on 3 Popular Heavy-Duty Cargo Nets for Pickup Truck Beds

Want a Sneak Peek on How we Make Custom Cargo Nets?

Curious about how our manufacturing team creates these custom nets? Watch the video below to learn how we work to turn your custom specifications into a one-of-a-kind cargo net that meets your needs.

We have a team that is dedicated to making sure our customers get the quality products they need. If you wish to learn more about the nets we carry and create, head over to US Cargo Control or give our team a call at (866) 444-9990.

What’s New with the US Cargo Control Team?

National Manufacturing Day is a special day at US Cargo Control, where we take the time to celebrate our manufacturing team for all of their hard work.

This past Friday, October 4th, was National Manufacturing Day and it was a special day for our hardworking Manufacturing team. National Manufacturing Day is a day where we celebrate and support all manufacturers for maintaining the retail ecosystem’s growth.

Our Manufacturing team was celebrated in a few different ways. First, they got a nice surprise with a poster displaying how much they are appreciated. Next, they were awarded the QHSE Safety Award by the Associated Wire Rope Fabricators for the second time!

An Appreciation Poster for the Manufacturing Team

This is two years in a row our Manufacturing team has been awarded this recognition and it’s a very exciting thing for US Cargo Control to receive. We take pride in continually promoting a safe work environment, and reaching our goals. Being safe at work and home helps promote a healthy workforce, which results in being more productive, having fewer days away from work, and even getting better insurance rates.

The criteria to receive this recognition is based on company and safety information; Factors such as lost time, injuries, hours worked, and recordable rates. 

What’s Next for US Cargo Control?

Jim Waite, Quality & Safety Manager

As head of our Safety Team, Jim Waite is excited to start executing on our required OSHA-approved safety training that will be rolling out to all employees later this year (2019).  Now that we are transitioning away from external training to our own internal training, the team can better customize the training to our needs with some added fun. Making the switch to internal training reaffirms our commitment to maintaining a safe workplace and manufacturing floor.

Way to go, Manufacturing team!

The manufacturing team is the backbone of US Cargo Control, and they go above and beyond to make sure customers get what they want, when they need it. Without the team, our customers wouldn’t have the option to have customized products like tarps, cargo nets, ratchet straps, lifting slings, and more! Call our team for a customized order and our manufacturing team will be glad to get it done for you.

The USCC Manufacturing Floor in Urbana, Iowa

What Else is New?

In other news, the warehouse team got a brand new toy…a forklift! After voting for a name, the team decided to call the newest forklift “Darryl”. They’re all excited about this new arrival and can’t wait to use it to quickly get your orders out of the door and into your hands!

The Warehouse Team with their new Forklift

If you have any questions, give our team of experts a call at 800-404-7068.