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Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Major Damage Criteria from the 2004-2010 Master Contract

(Effective October 1, 2004)

As provided in paragraph 13 of the Master Agreement, the following is a definition of the criteria adopted by the ILA/Carrier Master Contract Committee for a container with major damage.  Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to limit the work jurisdiction of the ILA in accordance with the Containerization Agreement.

The definition of a container having major damage shall be any container or container component which causes the loss of structural integrity to a point in which it creates an unsafe condition.

Major damage to the following critical component connections shall constitute loss of Structural integrity and shall be considered an unsafe condition:

  1. Bottom rail to corner post severed
  2. Top rail to corner post severed
  3. Top corner fitting to corner post severed
  4. Bottom corner fitting to corner post severed

The above discernible major damage is supplemented by the following, any of which is considered major damage.

Connection Description
Top rail to corner post Bent, torn or cut so as not to fit into a container cell or so it cannot be lifted by a container spreader
Bottom rail to corner post Torn or cut or bent out of alignment to the extent that it cannot fit into a container cell
Top Corner fitting Cracked weld, cracked fitting or bent to not fit into a  container cell
Bottom corner fitting Cracked weld, cracked fitting or bent to not fit into a container cell
Sidepost to top rail (aluminum) 3 or more adjacent posts cut or missing from bottom rail, provided that posts are clear cut
Sidepost to bottom rail (aluminum) 3 or more adjacent posts cut or missing from bottom rail, provided that posts are clear cut
Sidewall to bottom rail (steel) Horizontal cut more than 22” at one point or more than 15” at endframes
Sidewall to top rail (steel) Horizontal cut more than 22” at one point or more than 15” at endframes
Sidewall to corner post Cut more than 10” at any point, and out of alignment as to as not to fit in a container cell
Crossmember to tee clip 4 or more adjacent severed at any point
Tee clip to bottom rail 4 or more adjacent severed at any point
Front wall to endframes Cut more than 25” at any point
Door lock rods Bent rods only if door cannot close and stay closed properly
Door hinges to endframes Bent, loose, out of square, severely cracked or damaged  preventing the door from closing properly
Roof top to top rail Cut or severed more than 48”
Roof to headers Cut more than 12”
Roof bow to top rail  4 or more adjacent bows disconnected
Corner posts Dent at corner radius more than 2” deep by more than 10” long
Top rails Any vertical tears or cuts that are greater than 30% of the rails section
Major structural damage Container out of cube so as not to fit in slot or cannot be lifted by a container spreader
J Bars Bent, bow, dent so as to render the door not to be fully opened

Normal wear and tear, holes and dents or compression lines do not cause a loss of structural integrity and, therefore, do not constitute major damage or an unsafe condition.

However, the above does not constitute the removal of roadability and FWHA inspections presently performed by ILA maintenance men or otherwise limit the work jurisdiction of the ILA in accordance with the Containerization Agreement of the Master Agreement.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 July 2007 )
 
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