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Gardaí stop HGV with unsecure 30 tonne load of metal

The driver of a HGV using only two straps to hold and transport a reported 30 tonnes of metal, was stopped by Gardaí.

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The Clare Roads Policing Unit were this week conducting a checkpoint in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), when they stopped the lorry transporting the reckless load.

Gardaí say the lorry was carrying 30 tonnes of metal, and only two straps were used to attempt to hold it in place.

Court proceedings will follow in relation to the incident, Gardaí add.

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

Unsecured or inadequately secured loads can shift, while spillages may also cause a vehicle to lose control.

It adds 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.

The RSA says, “Loads must be secured even if the vehicle is only travelling a short distance or at low speeds.

“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.”