What scales can be used to determine the sea container weight for the Main Roads CWD

FIRST IMPORTANT STEP. As any type of scale can be used to determine the weight of a sea container for CWD, the first thing to do is to have your existing scales regularly tested, to see if they can weigh to the required weighing performances, as the person using the scale must have confidence that the scale is accurate.

Insist on a written calibration test report for your records, thus you are building up a paper trail history, showing your intention to comply with the laws.

Determining the container weight for the Main Roads CWD form.

The laws do not requires that the scale used is a Trade Approved scale. What is important is that the weight figure placed on the CWD form is the correct weight or a weight that is above the actual weight of the sea container as would be determined by the Main Roads Inspector. The most important fact is that the weight indicated on the CWD must not be below the weight as would be determined by the Main Roads Inspector, otherwise the CoR law has been breached.

Scales that can be used to determine the sea containers CWD

At the lower capacity end scales used to weight each item or pallet as it is being loaded into the sea container could be:-

Small and larger platform scales.

Analogue of digital scales incorporated in the forklifts working of the forklifts hydraulics where the forklift is used to load the items into the sea container.

Load cell digital scales incorporated in the forklifts. IMPORTANT:- These TRADE APROVED scales are now very important scales for the freight industry, where a company is using the forklift scale to weigh a pallet and are using that weight to calculate the freight cost payable. All existing analogue or digital scales  installed onto forklift that are working off the forklift’s hydraulic pressure are not a Trade Approved scale and therefore the weight cannot be used to calculate the freight costs.

There is a range of portable scales that scale weight each corner of a sea container

The new portable 4 x jack/load cell weighing system.

The small pads used to weigh vehicles

Frame works with built in load cells at the corners that the container sits on.

At the larger capacity scales to weigh the sea container as a whole there are

Full length or individual axle group weighbridges

Analogue of digital scales incorporated in the forklifts working of the forklifts hydraulics where the forklift is used to handle the fully loaded sea container.

Load Cells in the sea container spreader bars used to lift full sea containers by the following equipment

Large Forklift, Reach Stackers, Straddle Carriers

Then there is the series of semi-trailer side lifting systems.

Summary

Remember, anyone in the Chain of Responsibility (not just the packer) can be held accountable if a sea container is found to be overloaded by a Main Roads Inspector.