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Container Handbook - 5.2.3.

4 Granite and marble slabs on A-frames

5.2.3.4

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Granite and marble slabs on A-frames

Granite slabs on a steel A-frame suitable for


use with lifting gear and forklifts

In the event of regular outward-and-return transport, it is worth building permanent


frames for transporting granite, marble and slate slabs and other similar slab-like
material which are suitable for use with lifting gear and forklift trucks.

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Container Handbook - 5.2.3.4 Granite and marble slabs on A-frames

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Granite slabs on steel A-frames - plan view

Whether 1 or 2 frames are loaded per container depends on the mass of the cargo. The
nature of the frames allows stowage in both standard box containers and open-top
containers.

Secured A-frame

The slabs may be secured transversely and vertically to the frames prior to loading. To
this end, strapping is tensioned around each slab and frame half. In the container, the
frames are secured against lateral and longitudinal shifting with squared lumber.
Shoring prevents the frames from moving vertically and tipping. Direct lashing is used to
prevent any lengthwise movement of the slabs.

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Container Handbook - 5.2.3.4 Granite and marble slabs on A-frames

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Top and selective enlargement below: Lengthwise securing


using direct lashing - plan view

The direct lashings are attached to lashing points at the tops of the A-frames, pass
forward round the protruding sections of the slabs and are tightened on the opposite
side. Since the slabs are very fragile, the lashings must be only slightly pretensioned.
The cross beams of the A-frames which slope obliquely upwards and outwards are
covered with friction-enhancing material, so that the majority of the longitudinal forces
are eliminated by friction with the floor.

Laterally arranged half frames

The cost of securing is considerable if such slabs have to be secured using single-use
material. For packing in open-top containers it is expedient to build "half frames" on
each side, load on the slabs and shore them crosswise. The crosswise squared lumber
members are held in each case by two vertical or oblique squared lumber members.
Loop lashings are suitable for longitudinal securing and are passed around the tops of
the slab sections and pulled taut at the other container end.

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Container Handbook - 5.2.3.4 Granite and marble slabs on A-frames

Granite slabs on A-frame

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Transverse securing
with strapping

Securing against vertical and


tipping movement using shoring

A-frames made from squared lumber are, of course, also feasible for one-off transport.
The arrangement of the wooden members is intended only as a suggestion and must
always be tailored to the mass of the cargo, the transport routes etc.
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