Rear loading of the semitrailer is possible if a loading dock or berm is available to use as a
ramp to gain access to the semitrailer rear.
Preparing Equipment for Loading
Ensure all shackles are on the equipment. Do not use bumpers, axles, towing pintles, or towing hooks as
points of attachment for chains.
Protect windshields of payload equipment.
Reduce payload equipment to lowest height configuration consistent with the operational requirements.
Secure any materials or equipment loaded in the beds of payload equipment.
When loaded, shut down payload equipment, turn off all switches, close doors and hatches, and swing
Use wood dunnage on gooseneck when a portion of the payload contacts the gooseneck.
Select a tiedown point on the semitrailer that allows the chain to be at a 45 degree angle front and rear
and provides sufficient room for positioning a loadbinder.
Tighten chains using the loadbinders.
Secure excess chain to the tension-bearing part of the chain.
Set brakes and put transmissions in neutral on payload equipment.
Make sure rotating parts are properly secured.
Make sure all Basic Issue Items (BII) are properly stowed on the semitrailer.
Check all tiedowns at halts and any time you suspect a problem.
END OF TASK
The semitrailer should ALWAYS have the wheels chocked, with or without a load, during
coupling or uncoupling to towing vehicle and when parked. Failure to comply may result in
death or injury to personnel. Seek medical attention in the event of an injury.