D.O.T. Bulkhead

Important Safety Information

OPERATION  |  Safety Messages

Operation Information

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.


Specifications & Ratings

Specifications

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.

Trailer Compatibility

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.

If you are unsure if the Aero D.O.T. Bulkhead will install properly, read the installation instructions or contact Aero Industries.

Contact Aero Industries for Bulkhead Rating.


MAINTENANCE  |  Safety Messages

Bulkhead must be properly installed per the instruction manual. NOT properly installing the bulkhead could result in death or serious injury.

Read all manuals and safety information before installing.

Bulkhead and platform must NOT have damaged or weakened components. A damaged or weakened bulkhead could result in death or serious injury.

Contact Aero Industries if you have any questions about repairing a damaged bulkhead.

How to Maintain the Wraparound Bulkhead

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.

Installation Information

Bulkhead must be properly installed per the instruction manual. NOT properly installing the bulkhead could result in death or serious injury.

View Installation Instructions

Maintenance Modifications

Modifications to bulkhead may damage or weaken the bulkhead. A damaged or weakened bulkhead could result in death or serious injury. See manual for what modifications can be made to the bulkhead.

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

D.O.T. Regulation Links

  • Regulations issued by FMCSA are published in the Federal Register and compiled in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Copies of appropriate volumes of the CFR in book format may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, or examined at many libraries. The CFR may also be viewed online.
  • Regulation 49 CFR Part 393 pertains to PARTS AND ACCESSORIES NECESSARY FOR SAFE OPERATION

Section under regulations about Cargo Securement Rules

The regulation that pertains to Aero D.O.T. Bulkheads is 393.114: What are the requirements for front end structures used as part of a cargo securement system?

Information on General Cargo Securement can be found in 393.100-136

LABELS & SYMBOLS  |  PowerLock Explanation

Explanation of Signal Words

Warning

Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

Caution

Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided could result in minor or moderate injury.

Notice

Used to address practices not related to physical injury.