Charlie Conlin

Charlie has been with ATS for nearly two decades. He wears many hats at ATS as the safety instructor for flatbed cargo securement. He takes drivers through flatbed securement training in orientation and is the point person for drivers who have questions on the road. He’s also able to answer any hazmat questions drivers may have.

Flatbed Driver

By: Charlie Conlin
May 6th, 2022

Tarping a flatbed load isn't as simple as tossing a tarp over your load, throwing some bungees on it and calling it good. Tarping is a tough job. Tarps are awkward and heavy and you have to use them when it’s freezing outside or stifling. Tarping can also be a dangerous job. Not only do you have to get into awkward positions to carry the tarp to the top of the load, but you may have to crawl on top of the load itself. Add any amount of wind to the equation and it gets extremely dangerous. The tarp acts as a sail in the wind and it can take you for a ride. Drivers tarping their loads are highly prone to injuries, whether because they fall off the load or strain their back or shoulders.

Flatbed Driver

By: Charlie Conlin
February 21st, 2022

  Does the idea of securement training freak you out? Improperly secured loads can result in fatal accidents, so your fear is understandable.  Can you do it?  If you were to take your tractor and flatbed trailer and turn them upside down and shake them, would your load still be secure?  That’s the goal with flatbed training — your load should be so secure that nothing is going to make it come loose.