Introducing Guardian – Load Restraint System


SpanSet Guardian is a patented, DVSA compliant transit restraint system comprising of three key elements:

  1. Two retrofitable wire rope catenaries, secured parallel to one another down the length of the vehicle to suspend the main Guardian straps
  2. Smaller control straps to raise and lower the main Guardian straps into position above a pallet. Fitted with beads the control straps pass through a snaketooth locking mechanism which holds the Guardian strap in the roof when not in use.
  3. 5t Guardian load restraint straps fitted at one end with two rave hooks (to compensate for alternative height pallets) and a removable ratchet strap at the other end for securing the load in place


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Why Choose Guardian?

Guards your Operators License

The regulating body DVSA (driver and vehicle standards agency) have announced their intention to step up enforcement of current legislation in respect of load restraint on Large Goods Vehicles. Particular attention has been noted in regard to curtain sided vehicles which they are aware tend not to comply with regulations

This will ultimately result in financial loss, less transit resources and reduced customer satisfaction.

HSE and DVSA recognise that a very high percentage of load restraint systems currently rely on the strength of the vehicles upper body to restrain the loads using basic buckles and straps suspended from a roof mounted centre pole or track. Since the vehicle body above the flat bed is predominantly designed for weather protection, they do not normally have sufficient strength to be part of a load rated restraint system and are more likely to fail in an emergency.



SpanSet have developed a system that complies with DVSA requirements – ‘Guardian’ – a Load Restraint System which ensures safety, without reducing efficiency and is easily retrofitted into almost any curtain sided vehicle.

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How can Guardian help my Business?

Guards your Operators Licence

Protecting you from PG9’s or prosecution
  • Deployed correctly Guardian will protect you from a PG9 if your vehicle is inspected in accordance with the latest DVSA / HSE enforcement protocol.
  • Unlike many systems deployed Guardian only uses the roof of a vehicle to suspend Guardian Load straps. Once lowered into  position the straps only apply force to the load bed and not the roof structure

Guards your loads

Protecting you from Goods in transit claims
  • A restrained load is unlikely to be damaged by falling over or worse still, falling off the vehicle.

Guards your staff

Protecting you from Employers liability claims
  • Eliminates the need to work at height on the vehicle bed
  • Unlike some other systems, Guardian does not use any form of elastic or other type of stored energy device that can cause recoil injury
  • When pulling back the curtains the load will stay restrained and not fall on your driver

Guards members of the public

Protecting you from Public liability claim
  • Considerably reduces the likelihood of loads accidentally falling on other road users and causing them personal injury
  • Prevents the likelihood of your consignee’s staff being injured by items falling from the vehicle when they begin the unloading process

Guards other road users

Protecting you from Fleet claims
  • Unsecured loads falling from vehicles and impacting against third party vehicles is a surprisingly common occurrence that is all but eliminated by using Guardian.

Guards your vehicle

Protecting you from unwanted repair bills
  • Guardian prevents a load from moving a vehicle bed causing additional wear or damage.
  • The system itself is designed to have a minimal number of wearing components.
  • In the event components do wear out they can be replaced individually by unskilled staff in seconds.

 Guards efficiency

Protecting your budgets
  • The system has been designed as the perfect cost effective, DVSA compliant replacement load restraint system
  • A complete install in a typical curtain sided vehicle takes less than 1 hour with an experienced fitter
  • The system has been designed to have minimal intrusion into the vehicles active load space by keeping unused straps suspended as far into the roof as possible
  • Positioning the straps as near to the vehicle sides as possible helps maximise the load capacity. The user can easily reach and manoeuvre the straps into the desired position above individual load items without the straps snagging on the load itself