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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Gardaí discover truck with saw ‘sticking out the side’

Gardaí in the south of the country brought a truck to a halt earlier today (Friday, May 14th, 2021).

Kerry Road Policing Unit (RPU) was carrying out a checkpoint with the RSA when they made a stark discovery.

In a tweet, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána, said: “Truck found to have an unsecured load and a saw sticking out the side.”

“Whilst unintentional, this could have caused serious injury to a cyclist/ pedestrian #Roadsafety should always be a priority. Ensure load is secure before a journey. Kerry RPU checkpoint with @RSAIreland.”

Unsecured loads

The RSA warns that unsecured or inadequately secured loads pose a safety risk and could cause injury and even death.

Unsecured or inadequately secured loads, it highlighted, can shift when a vehicle is in motion and may cause:

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  • The loss of a vehicle’s control;
  • Objects to fall on or hit people;
  • Road obstruction or collision where a driver is required to swerve to avoid fallen items;
  • Spillages that may cause vehicles to lose control.

Failure to secure loads properly may also result in financial losses due to damaged goods and vehicles, lost working time, clean-up costs and legal costs.

“Load security is not just the sole responsibility of the vehicle driver— employers, vehicle owners, drivers and loading and unloading staff all have a role to play in ensuring loads are secure.”

Securing loads

According to the RSA, different loads will require different methods of securing for example:

  • Fastening straps;
  • Chains;
  • Adjustable brackets;
  • Sliding slatboards;
  • Use of dunnage;
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