Preventing Use of Suspect/Counterfeit Bolt Fasteners in DOT Ratchet Type Tie-Down Assemblies
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Type:  Best Practice

Publisher:  Energy Facility Contractors Group, EFCOG

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Contracts and Procurement, Quality Assurance

In recent years there have been several recent Occurrence Reporting and Processing System occurrence reports written on the subject of suspect or counterfeit items or materials found in DOT tie-down ratchet assemblies. These tie-down assemblies contained materials (e.g., bolts) could be determined to be part of a safety class or safety significant structure, system or component whose failure could result in a loss of safety function, or present a hazard to the public or worker health and safety. The EFCOG P&T DOE Suspect/Counterfeit Ratchet Strap Tie-down Team determined that the best "path forward" was to clarify the necessary specifications for future procurement of these load tiedown devices.

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