Extensive Transportation Safety Concerns in the Steel Industry

Manufacturing steel is a vital industry to North American markets. It makes sense then that the steel industry relies heavily on the shipping and transportation of both its raw materials – things like coal and iron – and its end products. For manufacturers that rely on steel – industries like the auto and transport sector, construction, energy, packaging and appliance makers – the timely and economical transport of bulky oversized metal sheets, parts or final products is also required. A great deal of steel and metal cargo is moved by rail, ship or barge. Where concerns arise for both the steel company and the average commuter is when heavy lead loads are moved via flatbed trucking.

Flatbed trucking companies operate in a challenging environment. They must share the road with millions of drivers who, by virtue of having a license and not by the depth of their driving ability, are allowed to operate vehicles alongside big rigs hauling heavy loads of steel. Flatbed trucking companies in Ontario licensed for heavy haul loads must be acutely aware of the safety concerns involved in sharing the roads with drivers, many of whom are distracted by mobile devices, in-vehicle televisions and blue-tooth applications, and whatever else is on their mind while driving. Safety is of paramount concern for the flatbed trucking industry, because of the high risk involved in transporting things like heavy steel coils, stainless plate, I-beams, H-beams, roll-formed product, helical piles and other steel loads. Many of these loads can exceed maximum permissible weights, which puts the onus on the flatbed trucking company to ensure they are adhering to the strictest safety codes before hitting the road.

When a company is providing hauling services for any load that exceeds the legal maximum weight (approximately 46,000 lbs) or maximum permissible dimensions for over-the-road shipments, they must be able to provide the right equipment. That means multi-axle equipment, b-trains or some other form of highly specialized equipment that offers the safest possible transport of steel goods. Federally regulated truck carriers crossing provincial or international borders must obtain safety certificates before they can operate on Canadian highways. That helps ensure flatbed trucking companies in Ontario and other provinces have clear regulations in place to ensure they are complying with safety guidelines. In reality, companies have a vested interest in ensuring they are in compliance; no one wants to see anyone hurt on Canadian highways as the result of a heavy haul trucking accident.

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