Top quality: lashing straps must comply with the strictest standards; many of them are manufactured by people with disabilities
Photo: Alex Kraus
Customers booking airfreight transport with a logistics company like DB Schenker are entitled to expect maximum safety when their consignments are on board the aircraft. Securing the cargo properly is key, and this is done with lashing straps that in many cases also serve a social purpose. A substantial number of the lashing straps used around the world are manufactured in a sheltered workshop based near Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt/Main. The aim of this facility is to enable people with disabilities to enjoy a regular working life.
It is important to note that the employees at the Sheltered Workshop Rhein-Main produce top quality! As one of only six companies worldwide, this sheltered workshop is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to manufacture lashing straps that comply with the agency’s strict standards. The straps are mandatory when lashing freight directly to pallets that are additionally secured with a safety net; and they are also used with what is known as “center load,” when a pallet is loaded into the freighter without a safety net and merely fastened to the tie-down points in the floor of the hold.