Tips for Safe and Successful Heavy Equipment Transportation
The process of heavy equipment transportation comes with its own unique set of challenges that needs to be addressed while moving these expensive machines from one place to another. Things may go terribly wrong if adequate measures are not taken, leading to wastage of thousands of dollars and even fatality. The key to successful transportation of these machineries is a well thought out plan and proper communication. Just as we do while moving a home, these movements require a detailed plan following all the industry best practices.
Consider these key factors while making your transportation plan.
- Firstly, try and figure out whether the equipment to be transported meets the oversized load standards. If it does, get in touch with the competent authorities to find out what kind of permits are required, if an escort vehicle is required, and whether any road restrictions are to be followed.
- Examine the areas where the equipment will be loaded and unloaded. Please ensure that both these areas have adequate space and the ground is capable of handling the load of the equipment.
- Thoroughly go through the extended weather forecast. Though it is not always possible to forecast the weather, try to avoid transporting your equipment during snowfall and heavy rain.
Rely only on a Qualified Transporter:
Finding the correct transporter is the most important part of your planning process. Regardless of where you live, there are number of online platforms that can provide you list of transporters that are knowledgeable and qualified to handle heavy equipment transportation jobs. While discussing the job with a potential transporter, make it a point to ask the following questions.
- Find out if they are aware of the loading guidelines for heavy equipment hauling. Never settle for someone that seems to be confused.
- Is the transporter able to take care of all necessary permits?
- Does the company procure the escort vehicle required for the movement?
- Try to understand if the drivers are qualified enough to handle the machinery you are planning to transport.
- Does the company have adequate set-up for heavy equipment transportation?
Prepare for Loading:
Once you have robust plan in place and all the contractors have been arranged, it’s time to get on with the job in hand. Prepping your equipment for movement will make lives easier for everyone involved in the process and minimises the probability of any damage or loss.
- Get rid of all excessive dirt, debris, and other substances that are likely to fall during transit. These falling pieces often cause serious damage to cars on the road and may also cause a shift in load during transport.
- If the equipment to be hauled has rubber tires, the tire pressure must be verified. Discuss with the transporter and find out what they want to be done about the tires before they arrive.
- Try to figure out whether friction devices may be required in specific conditions where there can be frictions between the equipment and the transport vehicle. If required, arrange proper devices before the arrival of the transporter.
- Please ensure that your area for loading is easily accessible, comprises of solid ground, and is free of obstruction.
During the Loading:
Once the truck arrives and you are ready to get the equipment on board, safety becomes the top priority.
- Do not try to load the equipment unless you clearly understand the method of doing it safely. If required, seek assistance from another company that can provide you a qualified loading operator.
- If possible, rest your equipment alongside some vehicle structure so that it doesn’t move forward.
- Be mindful of the fact that securing the load by attaching devices may cause damage to the brakes, cylinders, or hydraulic hoses. It takes considerable amount of money, time, and resources to clean up hydraulic fluid leaks and spills.
- Follow the recommendations of the manufacturer and use the attachment spots as suggested by them.
- Never use attachment points of uncertain suitability or strength.
- Whenever possible, tie down your heavy equipment with a chain that is rated for the weight and lock it down using the proper method.
- Make use of direct tie-downs, whenever possible. Use wedges, cradles, chocks or other means to wheeled vehicles from rolling.
Ensure Proper Communication:
It is certainly a good idea to hire an experienced transporter for your equipment. However, make sure that you are constantly in touch with the company throughout the move. Please remember that your equipment remains to be your responsibility. Therefore, don’t forget about it as soon as it leaves your lot. Request the driver to be in touch with you as frequently as possible so that you remain updated on location and any problem that may arise on the way. All the information can be passed on to the receiving location to make sure that the recipient is ready for the arrival. Finally, keep all the contact information related to transporter hand and contact them immediately if anything goes wrong.
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