Heavy Equipment Loading and Transportation Dos and Don’ts
All heavy equipment users understand the importance of following the right techniques during loading and transportation. Any negligence here may very easily lead to injuries and even fatalities. At the same time, use of improper and unsafe lifting techniques may also cause serious damage to mechanical parts. Therefore, before heavy equipment loading and transportation, it is always better to spend some time preparing for it. This brief guide is intended to help you protect your assets by adhering to certain protocols and guidelines.
Loading Heavy Equipment: Heavy equipment loading is a process involving unique challenges. To ensure hassle-free and effective transportation, proper lifting techniques must be followed. Don’t forget to check the capability of the forklift so that the maximum lifting load is not exceeded. Mentioned below are certain steps you can take to get ready for the haul.
- Go through the vehicle manual thoroughly to find out instructions related to its safe transportation. Some sensitive parts of your equipment may require extra care. Some others may have to be removed before transportation.
- Before loading your heavy equipment, prepare it by clearing the ramp and the trailer. Free the path from obstruction by removing leaves, rags, rocks, etc. To make the process safer and more straightforward, it is important to ensure a smooth transition to the trailer bed from the ground.
- The mechanical parts of heavy equipment get exposed to the weather while transporting on an open container. Therefore, all vulnerable parts of the equipment must be protected from extreme sunlight, rain, wind, snow, etc.
- Don’t forget to secure and prevent your equipment from moving by applying the parking brake. Cradles, chocks, and wedges can also be used against the wheels of the equipment.
- Don’t forget that using direct tie-downs is important for securing the equipment.
Transporting Heavy Equipment:
- Plan in advance and organise everything before the movement. Figure out all the hauling requirements, know the pick-up and drop-off points, and gather all the required permits.
- While transporting oversized or overwidth equipment, transportation permit may be essential. Also, added heavy equipment liability may apply to excavators, dozers, dump trucks, etc.
- Carefully review the transportation route and find out if there are elements that may cause shipping difficulties or detours. For example, the size of your heavy equipment may be too large for travelling on certain roads, under a power line, or crossing bridges. In such instances, you will have to change routes.
- To ensure smooth transportation of the equipment, always stay in touch with the transporter. Also, contact the driver and request for continuous updates related to estimated time of arrival, current location, and issues encountered on the way.
- Never underestimate the safety protocols while dealing with heavy equipment. While choosing your transportation service provider, make sure that they are well acquainted with these protocols.
- Do not hire an uninsured service provider because insurance is necessary for the protection of your equipment.
- Always make sure that a member of your team is present on the spot to supervise the pickup and drop-off.
At K & G Machinery, we have a wide range of heavy equipment available for rent as well as sale. If you have any questions related to your heavy equipment, please contact our experts today.