Cargo securement: free online Pro-Tread training to prepare for CVSA Roadcheck

Unknown 2017 05 24 13 00Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), providers of Pro-Tread online driver training, announced a free cargo securement training focused on open deck transportation companies in advance of the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck June 6-8.

“Offering free cargo securement training to prepare carriers for Roadcheck is our way of helping the industry,” said Dr. Jim Voorhees, president and CEO at ITI. “Each year, Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations as a reminder of its importance to highway safety. Data supplied by Vigillo indicates that during Roadcheck 2016, violations increased more than 35 percent over the three-day event compared to the preceding month. ITI’s cargo securement training will help reduce the number of violations during this year’s Roadcheck and improve safety.”

Beginning May 25, ITI will offer its “Flatbed Safety” course free until June 15, 2017. The course focuses on securement rules for flatbed cargo as well as safe operating instructions for securing cargo. Topics include working load limits, anchoring straps, proper use of tie down bars, PPE for flatbed operations, working at heights, and interacting with forklifts or cranes.

“We believe carriers will be best served using the training before Roadcheck, but we’re extending it for a week after so any carriers that get violations can use it to fix any lapses in knowledge,” Voorhees said.

CLICK HERE to access Flatbed Safety Training for CVSA Roadcheck.

During the three days of Roadcheck, the average number of weekly inspections jumps to 90,000 from 65,000, according to data from Vigillo, a SambaSafety company. This leads to a corresponding spike in violations that are uncovered during this annual inspection blitz. Common securement violations found during inspections include damaged or defective tie-downs, loose or unfastened tie-downs, and not having the required number of tie-downs.

The free flatbed safety course from ITI applies an effective mastery learning training strategy, an instructional method by which the student must master each subject before moving to the next. The online strategy is proven to improve employee safety behaviors and to provide defensible proof that students have mastered a topic.