Bulk Bags in Motion – Transporting Them Safely
April 20, 2015
Transporting Filled FIBCs – While transporting filled FIBCs, stay alert and be aware of possible risks to FIBCs, contents and personnel. Here’s how to keep you, your team and your FIBCs safe and secure:
- Always refer to the FIBC manufacturer’s recommendations and information printed on the label or FIBC, as well as adhere to all applicable regulations and safety requirements.
- When transporting bulk bags by truck or in a freight container, stow the cargo in a safe and stable fashion. FIBCs must not be transported with other cargo having sharp edges or rough surfaces that may damage the FIBC.
- When packed into freight containers, ensure FIBCs are evenly distributed and secured with any spaces between bags being filed by air bags or other means.
- If filled FIBCs must be stacked when transported, use a pyramid or supported stacking method: Pyramid: Each bag above the first layer must rest on at least four lower bags. Each layer is tiered inward, forming a pyramid-shaped structure. Supported: Bags are stacked against two retaining walls of sufficient strength to keep them stable.
- Use a forklift rather than a crane to load FIBCs into a ship’s cargo hold to 1) avoid scraping the bag against the ship’s side or the hold’s walls or opening, and 2) avoid “shock loading” (sudden stops or jerks) to it and nearby bags.
- If FIBCs are placed temporarily on the dock to await transport ensure that the area is clear of sharp obstacles such as stones, pieces of wood or scrap metal to avoid damage to the base of the container.
- When carried on trailers, evenly distribute, securely lash and cover the FIBCs.
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