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Load Binder Use, Inspection & Care

Load Binder Use

Always follow safe work practices and take precautions in use of binders. Particular attention is called to the following sections of D.O.T. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations:

  • S392.9 (relating to safe loading)
  • S393.100 (relating to protection against shifting or falling cargo)
  • S393.102 (relating to securement systems)

You should never exceed the working load limit shown on the binder. Hand effort will tighten binder to working load limit. Always inspect the load binder before use. See the load binder inspection section below. Always position the load binder so the handle goes downward when securing or tightening the load. A load binder should be operated only by hand from a firm standing position. Do not operate load binder while anyone is on the load.

Do not use a cheater bar or handle extension. Extensions can dangerously overload the binder system and may result in serious injury. Use a ratchet-type binder if sufficient leverage is difficult to develop. Make certain that the lever of the lever-type binder is over center and locked. Always secure the handle in a locked position with a positive retaining method. The handle must be secured since there is a possibility of relaxation of the load, which may result in the lever moving from the locked-over-center position to the relaxed mode, resulting in the loss of tension in the system. Use extreme care when releasing the handle/load. Make sure everyone is clear. Lever binder handle can snap back over center. Use open palm under handle and push up. Always tighten binders before moving and frequently recheck and re-tighten.

Load Binder Inspection

Load binder's should be inspected prior to each use for damage, distortion, cracks, nicks, or wear. Bending of any feature in any plane of more than 10 degrees is cause for removal of the unit from service. Distortion indicates overloading or misuse. This applies to distorted or elongated connecting links also and is cause for removal of the unit from service. If wear of connecting link ends is more than 10% of the original stock, remove unit from service. On lever-type binders, inspect yoke periodically for distortion and make certain it is seated on the pins. Deep nicks and gouges should be smoothed out to relieve stress concentrations providing that the material removed does not exceed 10% of the total material. If distortion, cracks, nicks, or wear affect more than 10% of the stock, the unit should be discarded.

Load Binder Care

Care should be exercised during use so that the binder is not abused or damaged. The binder or hooks should not be subjected to bending or sharp objects and loading should be in a straight line. Avoid exposure to corrosive mediums and lubricate periodically when using load binders.

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