If you spend quite a bit of your time hauling heavy equipment to and from job sites, then you might want to take a minute to make sure that you are doing it properly. We know that the last thing you want to do is have something heavy slip off and injure an innocent person who may be driving behind you.
Here are 7 tips that you can use as you are hauling your equipment to and from the job site:
- Before you load any equipment onto a hauler, you will want to make sure that it is not too heavy for the hauler you are planning on using. If you have any doubt at all, we recommend being cautious and using a larger hauler.
- Depending on where you are going will determine what rules you need to follow for permits, locking pins, transmission gears, and brakes.
- Ensure that you place the equipment in the proper spot on your hauler so that the weight is distributed evenly and everything is balanced. You will also want to inspect all points of attachment for wear and tear.
- Only trained workers should be moving any of your equipment.
- We recommend placing chocks, cradles, wedges, or other items around the wheels to prevent them from rolling at any time during the transport.
- Any parts that can come off the equipment should be removed prior to transport to ensure that nothing will fly off.
- There are multiple types of tie downs, but we recommend using chains for all heavy equipment. Chains are less likely to break during transport.
These next items are things that you should avoid as they can be dangerous:
- Cracked wires
- Loose chains
- Unsecured items
- Overinflated or underinflated tires
- Unbalanced loads
- Excessive speeds
- Road hazards
You should be as cautious moving your heavy equipment as you are on the job site. There are too many things that can go wrong as you are transporting equipment, which is not only dangerous but can also delay your work on a project. Your main goal should be to safely arrive at your job site with your equipment, even if it takes you a little longer than you planned to get there. Call us at 407-316-8544 to discuss hauling heavy equipment to or from your upcoming construction site in the Orlando area or in other areas of central Florida.