Safe Trailer Loading Requirements for Baled Material (Video)


In our facilities and those of our customers, suppliers, and transportation partners, a single accident is one too many. At International Paper, ensuring the safety of our valued employees is our top priority - and we know that protecting your workers is important to you, too.

Cardboard alone may not weigh a lot, but when baled, it can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. That’s as heavy as a compact car. If not loaded into a trailer properly, the bales are prone to shifting and falling and can cause serious injuries or even death.

That is why we created a step-by-step video guide demonstrating the safe loading and proper stacking requirements of bales at the door of the trailer. The tutorial covers the acceptable bale-loading patterns and stresses the importance of:

  1. Inspecting the Trailer
  2. Checking Bale Integrity and Wiring
  3. Identifying Unsafe Door Loads

We encourage you to share this four-and-a-half minute video with your workforce. We stress the importance of having a second layer of verification of each load before sending to the paper mill. By adhering to these loading best practices, we can all ensure that everyone in our supply chain remains safe while on the job.


Acceptable Loading Patterns for Final Row
Pattern A
Pattern B
Pattern C
Pattern D