Photo of the month – March 2002

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While driving along this main road in Germany, the driver of this truck combination was forced to brake. The load in the trailer, a block of granite weighing approx. 10 metric tons, slipped forwards and broke through the headboard. The rear of the trailer was about 5 meters above the road. The load was not secured. The block was merely attached to a kind of (wooden) carriage.

The consequences could have been fatal: if the truck had been cornering, the granite block would have broken through the side wall and fallen into oncoming traffic instead of onto the drawbar. This kind of load must only be secured by direct lashing.

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