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Checking the Quality of Your Ratchet Straps

Checking the Quality of Your Ratchet Straps

Checking the Quality of Your Ratchet Straps: What to Look For

Transport and haulage companies around the world rely on ratchet straps day in, day out to secure loads safely and efficiently. But not all ratchet straps are created equal. Despite ever more stringent safety guidelines being in place, some manufacturers cut corners. With that in mind, it’s important to be sure of the quality of your straps before you press them into service.

To help you quickly work out whether your ratchet straps are up to snuff, we’ve put together a list of key attributes to check. If you can put a tick in each of these boxes, your ratchet straps should be good to go. If not… you might want to get some new ones!

What standards do they meet?

All ratchet straps used in the UK and Europe must comply with the EN 12195-2:2001 standard. If they don’t - or it’s unclear whether or not they do - this is cause for concern. Contact the manufacturer to see if they can issue you a certificate of conformity, just to be safe.

Where are they manufactured?

Many ratchet strap suppliers outsource the manufacture of their products to cut costs, but this can sometimes come at the expense of quality. For this reason, we would recommend seeking out a company that manufactures and tests their products in-house. That way, you know where they’ve come from and that they’ve been carefully checked before being sent out to you.

What’s their lashing capacity?

Although this is more of a suitability factor than a determiner of quality (all manufacturers make ratchet straps to cater for different applications with varying lashing capacities), it’s important to check that your straps are strong enough to handle the job you’re planning to carry out. Double the lashing capacity in daN is usually equivalent to a strap’s maximum safe load in kg.

Is the supplier trusted?

Last but definitely not least, can you trust the company that supplied them? Do they have a good reputation in the industry, and do other companies use their products? If the answer is yes, you can expect them to perform as advertised.

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