A cab guard can protect the driver from heavy loads that shift or are thrown forward when a driver brakes hard or crashes
Commercial tractor trailers should be equipped with bulkhead guards (also called cab guards or headache racks) of sufficient strength to protect the cab driver from shifting loads. Bulkhead guards are absolutely vital for logging trucks and other vehicles that carry or tow heavy items that can potentially shift.
Unfortunately, some manufacturers use welded, heat-treated aluminum to create bulkhead guards, causing them to weaken significantly over time. Poor, substandard welding is a problem typically found with the integrity of many bulkhead guards.
The sole purpose of the guard is to protect the truck driver and other cab occupants from serious injury and death in the event of a forward shifting load. When quality is compromised for cost, then lives are jeopardized.
The Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) urges truckers to have their cabs fitted with guards. The association illustrates the role that cab guards play in saving lives with the story of a 33-year-old log trucker who died when his big rig collided with the back of another truck that had stopped for a mudslide. The victim’s truck in turn was struck by another truck from behind, causing the load of logs to shift forward and fatally crush the driver.
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