Health and Safety Executive

Load safety

Webbing straps and attachment points

Webbing straps and attachement points illustration
  • Lashings can be webbing straps or chain – but not both in the same lashing.
  • Check webbing straps regularly for damage – even a small cut or tear can reduce the strength of the strap significantly.
  • Report damaged or broken straps.
  • Don’t tie knots in straps.
  • Use edge protectors or sleeves to protect straps that pass over a sharp or rough edge such as steel or concrete.
  • Consignors need to ensure that loads are secured to meet at least the minimum requirements of the DfT Code of Practice : the combined strength of the load restraint system must be sufficient to withstand a force not less than the total weight of the load forward and half the weight of the load backwards and sideways. This can be achieved through a combination of bulking arrangements (headboards, bulkheads etc) and lashings. Lashings should be strong enough to secure the load carried and will usually consist of rated webbing straps or chains. The DfT COP states that certain types of rope may be used, but if ropes are used consignors should ensure the load securing system meets the minimum requirements for safe load transport. For further information refer to Sections 5 and 6 of the DfT COP.
  • Webbing straps suspended from the roof of a curtain-sided vehicle are not suitable for load restraint. There are load restraint systems that, when not in use, are held into the roof of the trailer by cords or bungees, however these systems do not rely on the strength of the trailer superstructure for their load securing capability.