William Z. Deason (plaintiff) appeals from a judgment denying his claim against American National Insurance Company (American National). The trial court granted judgment for the plaintiff against J. King Harrison Co., Inc., d/b/a J. King Harrison Transportation Company, Inc. (Harrison) and there is no appeal from that judgment.
The undisputed evidence reveals: Plaintiff is a resident of Missouri and Harrison is a North Carolina corporation with a place of business in Charlotte. American National is an insurance company authorized to do business in North Carolina and issued an Owners’, Landlords’ and Tenants’ Liability Insurance policy (commonly known as a premises-operations policy1) to Harrison who was engaged in the sale of cotton and fiber products at 1605-09 North Brevard Street in Charlotte. This policy provides coverage for the “designated premises [1605-09 N. Brevard St., Charlotte, NC] and related operations in progress,” including bodily injury “caused by an occurrence and arising out of the ownership, maintenance or use of the insured premises *516and all operations necessary or incidental thereto.” The policy contains the following exclusion, known as the “completed operations hazard”:
This insurance does not apply to
(p) to bodily injury or property damage included within the completed operations hazard.
The policy also contains the following relevant definitions:
“completed operations hazard” includes bodily injury and property damage arising out of operations ... if the bodily injury or property damage occurs after such operations have been completed . . . and occurs away from premises owned by or rented to the named insured. . . . Operations shall be deemed completed . . . :
(2) when all operations to be performed by or on behalf of the named insured at the site of the operations have been completed,. . .
Operations which may require further service or maintenance work, or correction, repair or replacement because of any defect or deficiency, but which are otherwise complete, shall be deemed completed.
The completed operations hazard does not include bodily injury or property damage arising out of
(a) operations in connection with the transportation of property unless the bodily injury or property damage arises out of a condition in or on a vehicle created by the loading or unloading thereof.
On 1 March 1988, Harrison loaded bales of fiber onto the trailer of a tractor-trailer owned by J.B. Hunt Transportation, Inc. (Hunt). The trailer was transported to Kansas City arriving on 3 March 1988 where the plaintiff, an employee of Hunt, was injured when he opened the rear door of the trailer and a bale of fiber fell out of the trailer onto him.
Plaintiff filed suit against Harrison in Missouri, alleging Harrison had improperly loaded the trailer. American National denied cover*517age and advised Harrison that it would not provide a defense to the claim. Plaintiff obtained a final judgment against Harrison in the amount of $1,055,000.00. The judgment contained a finding that Harrison was negligent in loading the bales of fiber onto the trailer.
When Harrison did not pay the judgment, plaintiff filed this action in North Carolina against Harrison and American National. American National filed an answer denying liability under the policy to plaintiff or Harrison. Harrison did not file an answer. The trial court entered judgment against Harrison in the amount of the underlying Missouri judgment, but concluded as a matter of law that American National was entitled to a judgment in its favor because plaintiffs injuries fell within the “completed operations hazard” exclusion of the insurance policy.
The dispositive issue is whether this “premises-operations” liability insurance policy, containing a “completed operations hazard” exclusion, provides coverage for injuries sustained off premises, but resulting from negligence occurring on the insured’s premises.
It is well-settled law that an insurance policy is a contract and its provisions govern the rights and duties of the parties thereto, Harrelson v. Insurance Co., 272 N.C. 603, 609, 158 S.E.2d 812, 817 (1967), and exclusions from coverage must be strictly construed. Stanback, v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., 68 N.C. App. 107, 114, 314 S.E.2d 775, 779 (1984).
In this case the injuries sustained by the plaintiff did arise “out of the . . . use of the” premises covered in the policy. At the same time the injuries sustained by the plaintiff fall within the “completed operations” exclusion in that they occurred off the premises and after the “operations” (the loading of the bales of fiber) had been completed. The loading of the bales was “completed,” within the meaning of the policy, because everything necessary for the loading of the bales onto the truck trailer “at the site” had been completed. Furthermore, the fact that the bales of fiber may have been loaded negligently is not material to a determination of whether the loading was a “completed operation.”2 Indeed the policy specifically provides that any opera*518tion that may “require further service or . . . correction” is nonetheless “completed” within the meaning of the policy. Finally, the exception to the “completed operations” exception (injuries arising out of the “operations in connection with the transportation of property”) does not apply because the “operations” at issue specifically relate to the “loading” of a vehicle.
Our holding comports with this Court’s decision in Lindley, which involved a premises-operations policy with the same “completed operations” exclusion contained in this case. Lindley, 71 N.C. App. at 403-04, 322 S.E.2d at 187-88. The insured in Lindley sold and delivered a cleaning solvent to a customer whose employee used the product at the customer’s premises. Id. at 402, 322 S.E.2d at 187. The solvent ignited and severely burned the employee. Id. This Court held that the premises-operations policy did not provide coverage for the off-premises bodily injuries sustained by the employee and caused by the on-premises negligence of the insured, noting that the insured had handed over possession of the product. Id. at 403-04, 322 S.E.2d at 187-88.
In so holding we reject the plaintiff’s contention that Woodard v. Insurance Co., 44 N.C. App. 282, 261 S.E.2d 43 (1979), disc. review denied, 299 N.C. 546, 265 S.E.2d 406 (1980) and Daniel v. Casualty Co., 221 N.C. 75, 18 S.E.2d 819 (1942) require a different result. Although both of those cases did extend coverage to off-premises injuries, neither involved the construction of a “premises-only” policy and are therefore simply inapplicable to this case.
Judge MARTIN, Mark D., concurs.
Judge WYNN dissents with separate opinion.