Hauling heavy equipment over a long distance requires a great effort. Therefore, companies that offer this service must follow safety measures to execute loading, transportation, and unloading of heavy equipment firmly.
Safe heavy equipment transport involves preparing construction equipment transport to avoid construction accidents. Following early safety measures can help avoid accidents while loading, transportation, and unloading heavy equipment safely.
Preparation is the Key to Safety
Preparation of the transportation process is necessary for avoiding construction accidents. It involves carrying out a risk assessment by the manager focusing on the complete timeline of the transportation process.
Asking crew members to wear personal protective equipment across construction operations and conducting inspections of trucks & trailers must be considered in this step.
Ensure Safe Heavy Equipment Loading Process
Secure loading operations also matter for a reliable and legal transportation process. The first step involves designating duties to crew members and the next step is about cleaning the ramp & trailer to avoid accidents during loading.
It is equally important to ensure clearing and leveling of the loading area. Moreover, a supervisor should slowly begin driving the heavy equipment on the cleared ramp and onto the deck of the transportation vehicle. Besides, it is necessary to chain down heavy equipment for a safe loading process.
Important to Follow Safety Protocols During Transportation
Try to follow a straight transport route and take care of road widths during transportation. Immobilizing equipment wheel components can also prevent their movement on the deck.
Employing escort vehicles to guide transport vehicles and other road vehicles is imperative to prevent accidents. Aside from it, it is necessary to carry out inspections of vehicles while being on route.
Steps for Safe Unloading of Construction Equipment
To safely unload construction equipment, a supervisor must ensure to clear and level the unloading site. Then, an inspection is required for analyzing everything. Slowly freeing up the load by unleashing chains and backing up the heavy equipment down the ramp are the other steps.