The Role of Metal Cages in the Safe Transport of Goods and Materials

Industries that transport goods, parts, materials, and even waste or chemicals need to take several steps to ensure that anything being transported isn’t damaged and that health, safety, and environmental risks are minimised. With this in mind, metal cages are already making an impact globally, proving that steel cages are the safest method to transport anything, anywhere in the world.

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Minimising the risks of transporting goods

In any industry, the key risks when transporting goods will always be:

  • Goods damaged in transit
  • Pilferage and theft
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Chemical burns
  • Spillage or leaks


Steps you can take to minimise the above risks:

  1. Ensure the use of the most appropriate form of transport for goods.
  2. Consider how best to protect large and heavy/unusual loads. This is where metal cages come in because cages are manufactured to carry large and heavy loads better than any wooden pallet can. Also, uneven or unusual loads are kept safe because of the steel mesh sides of metal cages that can be customised for varied heights.
  3. Make sure that loads are secure and weight is distributed evenly. Again, this is where metal cages such as those manufactured by Omni-tuff prove their mettle. Loads placed on top of any pallet can easily fit into metal cages without the need to unload the goods. The steel mesh sides also ensure that the load is secure and will not shift from side to side.
  4. Consider if you need goods-in-transit or marine insurance for extra precaution.
  5. Always take appropriate security measures. Metal cages from Omni-tuff can be fitted with fold-down gates with lockable lid to prevent theft or pilfering.
  6. Ensure that suitable packaging, labelling, and containers are used. Often, the packaging itself offers proper protection for the goods.


Safe transport of dangerous goods

Dangerous goods may be classified as anything being transported that is explosive, toxic, radioactive, corrosive, and flammable. It is necessary for some heavy industries to use these dangerous goods and therefore need to transport them as well.


The transporting of all dangerous goods must comply with the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code) that provides technical requirements for the land transport of dangerous goods across Australia.

  • Packaging must be suitable and adequate. It must stand up to the pressures of transport and repeated handling.
  • The vehicle, container, tank or wagon must meet the ADG Code requirements. All metal cages from Omni-tuff meet ADG Code requirements in the transporting of dangerous goods.
  • There must be proper package labelling. This is so that people handling the goods as well as the emergency services can take appropriate precautions.
  • Proper procedures must be followed when loading and unloading in accordance with the ADG Code.


Transporting goods in steel cages

Metal or steel cages, also called stillages, are the ideal option for transporting fragile, uneven, or multi-item consignments, such as heavy wheel castors. Stillages offer the best freight protection even for unstable and heavy solid objects such as heavy equipment, generators, bulldozer tracks, etc.


Metal cages from Omni-tuff have added protection and safety features that cannot be found with wooden pallets. They are also designed to be forklift and pallet jack compatible, making transport efficient as well as safe. For queries on their full line of products or for a full quote on steel cages, visit Omni-tuff at their website,

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