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The shipping and handling mistakes of OOG cargo

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2022 | Longshore/Maritime Accidents

Out Of Gauge (OOG) cargo has dimensions that exceed normal sizes and weights. The cargo has to be loaded into open or flat rack containers instead of regular shipping containers. In Texas, the risks of maritime accidents are decreased when workers are held liable for their mistakes.

Improper securing of the load

Workers have to secure OOG cargo correctly to prevent shifting during transport. The dimensions are measured as part of securing an oversized load correctly. Not having sufficient space to fit the cargo often leads to longshore/maritime accidents that cause catastrophic injuries.

The rules for securing cargo onto an open-top or flat rack container are determined by the National Cargo Bureau (NCB). One rule prevents the action of blocking the corners of the shipping container. The port officials check to make sure that the four corners are free. They can allow or block the admission of a shipment.

Ignoring the weight

There are federal laws that set the maximum weights allowed to move freight. An oversized container has a weight limit of 26 to 28 tons. In addition, the weight must be evenly distributed to prevent damage to the equipment. The cargo’s dimensions and the type of container may increase or decrease the weight.

OOG cargo is oversized in size and weight and cannot fit into regular shipping containers. Workers have to secure their cargo correctly in open or flat rack shipping containers. The weight limits and shipping standards are set by federal transportation agencies, including the NCB. The effects of making mistakes could lead to serious injuries, wrongful deaths or fines for several thousands of dollars.