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Highways agency highlights risk from load straps 

The Highways Agency (HA) has reported that over a two month period Traffic Officers in the East Midlands collected a mountain of lorry ratchet straps from motorways in the region. Each strap could be a hazard for road users. Rolling road blocks are required to retrieve straps from the carriageway which takes time, causes delay to other road users and a has a negative impact on the economy.

HA advice to operators and drivers is that to avoid straps falling from vehicles you should: (a) stow straps securely when not in use (b) ensure adequate strap tension (c) check strap tension during transit to allow for movements and settling of the load and (d) replace worn straps and ratchets.

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