How To Secure Loose Steel Pipe Loads

The Correct Loose Pipe Securing Procedure

Loose Pipe Securement

CAUTION: Be sure your truck is sitting on level ground before attempting to load any amount of loose pipe.

CAUTION: If loading coated pipe, be aware that it is extremely slippery when wet or covered with ice or snow and may easily slide to the front or rear of the trailer.

NOTE: The use of chains or straps for securing loose pipe depends on the shipper’s requirements.

    1. Place 4″x 4″ timbers on the trailer deck every 8 feet for the length of the pipe. Nail blocking wedges to one side of each timber on the same side to keep the pipe from rolling off.
    2. Lay the first pipe across the timbers, and roll them tightly against the wedges nailed to the timbers.
    3. Lay the remaining pipes next to each other to complete the row and nail wedges to the opposite side of the timbers to secure them from being able to roll around.
    4. Secure the first row using two straps or chains depending on shipper’s requirements.
    5. Place another set of timbers on top of the first row of pipe, directly above the bottom timbers. Nail wedges at one side of each timber as with the first.
    6. Lay the first pipe of the new tier across the timbers against the wedges.
    7. Lay the remaining pipe next to each other to complete the row and nail wedges to keep the pipes together.
    8. Secure the tier using two straps or chains over top of both tiers.
    9. Secure additional tiers in the same manner, with top row chained or strapped every 8 feet over the entire load.

CAUTION: Do NOT stack pipe higher than the bulkhead of the trailer.

  1. Secure all loose equipment, including chains and binders, lumber, tarps, rubber belting, coil racks, edge protectors, and load bar.