Safety First: Options for Tying Down Your Scrap Metal

Truck TarpWhen you are out collecting scrap metal, one of the most important things you should keep in mind is your safety, and the safety of those around you. To keep your scrap metal load safe in the back of your truck or trailer, Direct Metals Recycling suggests one of these top three options.

1. Ratchet Straps

These are easy to find in just about any automotive store, hardware store, or home supply store. They come in a variety of lengths and strengths. Make sure if you are tying down something especially heavy that you are using ratchet straps rated for the appropriate weight. Also, make sure that you are attaching them in the appropriate locations on your trailer or truck.

2. Cargo Nets

This is a great option for covering an entire truck bed or trailer that is carrying a lot of items. They are typically made of an elasticized material with clips along the sides to hook them down to your truck or trailer. If you have smaller items in your load, make sure they won’t slip through the holes of the net.

3. Tarps

This is also one of the most common covers for loads of scrap metal. Tarps are typically made of of plastic and some are more durable than others. When you have a load full of smaller items or lightweight items, use a tarp to prevent them from flying out of the back of your truck while you’re driving.

Once you’re full up and tied down, drive on over to Direct Metals Recycling. We have convenient locations all over Georgia including Augusta, Macon, Norcross and Atlanta. 

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