Hauling heavy equipment is no easy matter and it can be downright dangerous if the proper safety procedures aren’t addressed. Unfortunately, despite paying thousands of dollars for a single piece of equipment, many individuals don’t take safety seriously enough.
The following are considerations for a safe haul of your heavy equipment.
Height, Length, Weight and Width
Knowing the height, length, weight and width of the load is essential. It will play a major role in the type of trailer required to move the equipment and whether special permitting is required. For instance, it’s entirely possible to haul a 30-ton piece of equipment on a 15 ft. trailer, or a 10 ft. trailer, depending on its rating.
The Right Trailer
Selecting the right trailer for the job is critical. It will affect the loading and unloading of the equipment, along with the safety of the haul itself. A stretch bed refers to all of the different types of trailers that have the ability to extend their deck and includes:
- A removable gooseneck, also known as a lowboy, is common. They’re able to haul massive loads.
- A step deck, also called a drop deck, are similar to lowboys and can handle loads that exceed maximum heights.
- Double drop trailers are for equipment taller than 10 ft. 6 in. The trailer can be identified by its construction in which the center is lower than the front and rear.
- Flatbeds are utilized for typical loads that are 48 to 53 feet by 8×8 ft. in size.
Secure and Inspect
Falling debris and loose cargo account for approximately 180 accidents per day according to research performed by AAA. It doesn’t need to be something large flying off a trailer or left lying on the equipment, to result in a dangerous accident. Even a forgotten wrench coming off a trailer can be catastrophic if it hits a windshield or as motorists try to dodge it. Never depart without performing a final security inspectionto ensure a safe haul.
Hire a Professional
It can be tempting for individuals to utilize one of their crew to drive equipment to its next destination. Resist the temptation. Transporting heavy equipment requires specialized knowledge and licensing in some instances. Lack of experience, speeding, and inattention to safety standards isn’t worth the ultimate cost in damage. Hire a professional and deliver a safe haul.
Run the Route
Road conditions can change quickly and it’s a good idea to have someone in a pilot car run the route ahead of the heavy hauler – even if the law doesn’t require it. This would add to a safe haul. Downed trees, accidents, and construction work will impact the route taken and the delivery time.
With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure any and all of your heavy equipment export is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.
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