Get help: If possible, get a buddy or a co-worker to help you with the tarping process. Usually flatbed truckers share camaraderie among them and help each other out.
- Use a forklift or overhead crane to get tarps on top of your load.
- Use a ladder to climb on top of the trailer or your load. Never climb up on the tires or the side of the load. Watch out for holes in the load.
- Tarp your load in an area where you are protected from the weather (wind, rain, snow). Never tarp on the side of a highway.
- Donít walk on top of a wet tarp as it can be quite slippery. Always wear boots with non-skid soles and adequate tread.
- While unrolling a tarp, always roll it forward rather than pulling back, so that all edges and hazards are visible to you. Never walk backward on top of your load.
- Wear appropriate protective gear such as helmet, orange jacket, work gloves and protective eyeglasses while you are putting your tarp on the load.
- Pull the bungee straps away from your body/face and turn the hooks away from the tarp.
- Use smart body mechanics while handling the tarp to prevent muscle injuries. Face the tarp, keep your back straight and pull the tarp with arms at about waist height.
- Use your common sense and donít take chances. You are in it for the long haul.