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Load Restraint: How to Restrain a single 205 Litre Drum

Updated: 7 days ago

There is a bit of art to load restraint. By taking to the time to understand friction points such as steel on steel and the inertia involved with heavy breaking or constant road vibration and the methods to counter these hazards be securing freight correctly, then you too can be a pro and feel more confident transporting difficult freight.

Most drivers don't know how to secure a single 205 Litre drum sitting on a trailer. So, in this post i'm going to use some drawings to demonstrate how I would do it. In this situation I would only use this method if there was no way to block or isolate the drum first. A Drum secured against the headboard would always be a better choice but sometimes it's not always possible. Now for liability reason's I have no formal training in load restraint, I am not a trainer and I will always recommend you follow the load restraint guide or what is deemed sufficient and legal load restraint in your country.

See: Load Restraint Guide

For this one, all I use is some rubber strips and a 6-meter 2.5 ton standard load restraint strap with no nicks or cuts in it. Firstly, If the drum is sitting on a pallet it might also be a good idea to strap the pallet to the deck separately. If the drum is directly on the tray then tilt it over and place some rubber beneath at least two opposite sides for friction grabbing points.

Create a loop in the strap directly opposite the anchor point and feed the head right around the drum until you come back around and go under then over the loop which will keep the loop from dropping down.

Drum Strap: Example One
Drum Strap: Example Two

Feed the head across the middle of the drum and go beneath the opposite side and latch it on to the coming rail. Then work backwards putting tension on the strap and keeping it as straight as possible.

Drum Strap: Example Three

Once it is in place and you put tension on the ratchet, the sides of the strap will lock in beneath the lip of the drum stopping the strap from coming up and falling off. Whilst you do this manage the cross over/ loop points on each side to ensure they don't loosen up or fall out of place. Once it is in place always try to put some force on it to test if the strap could dislodge in transport or if the drum can move. If done correctly you should be feeling confident that you can drive to where ever you need to go without it moving.

Drum Strap: Example Four

If you do a search on google you can find specially made drum straps but when doing general freight, sometimes a single drum can be a rare occasion and you don't always have specialty made equipment on hand, so I hope this helps.


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