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393.114: (a) Applicability. The rules in this section are applicable to commercial motor vehicles transporting articles of cargo that are in contact with the front-end structure of the vehicle. The front-end structure on these cargo-carrying vehicles must meet the performance requirements of this section.
Aero D.O.T. Bulkheads are intended to be used as cargo securement devices and in contact with the cargo and comply with 393.114 (c) (1) or 393.114 (c) (2) of the FMCSA/D.O.T. regulations. Bulkheads have NOT been designed for the penetration resistance under 49 CFR 393.114 (d).
Drivers and Owners are responsible for complying with the FMCSA/D.O.T. regulations to secure and monitor the cargo load. NOT complying with the regulations to secure and monitor the cargo load could result in death or serious injury.
The rating of this D.O.T. Bulkhead depends on (a) the design and structure of the platform; and (b) the attachment method of the Bulkhead to the platform. Consult trailer manufacturer to determine if trailer is designed for this device.
The trailer deck is an integral part of the strength of the Aero D.O.T. Bulkhead and must allow for proper attachment and support to ensure that it will comply with FMCSA/D.O.T. regulations.
Contact Aero Industries for Bulkhead Rating.
1)Be sure that all fasteners are tight and torqued to 125 foot-pounds.
2)Inspect for load shift damage and weld cracks. Reweld and grind using proper welding practices.
Bulkhead must be properly installed per the instruction manual. NOT properly installing the bulkhead could result in death or serious injury.
Contact Aero Industries if you have any questions about repairing a damaged bulkhead.
1)DO NOT weld anything to the bulkhead.
2)DO NOT cut or remove any welds.
3)Drilled holes are NOT allowed in the following areas:
- The vertical face of the top rail
- The hatted or V’d portion of the panel
4)Drilled holes are allowed in the following areas:
- The flat portion of the panel between the hatted or V’d portion of the panel
- On side panels
- Holes for a bow are allowed on the horizontal face as long as they don’t interfere with welds or the panel
5)Items bolted to the panel should be on the inside to avoid damaging the hatted or V’d portion of the panel
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided could result in minor or moderate injury.
Used to address practices not related to physical injury.