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Best Practices for Hauling Heavy Equipment

Best Practices For Hauling Heavy Equipment

Hauling heavy equipment or towing oversized vehicles is not a job for the inexperienced. Nor is transporting large Equipment appropriate without specially designed and equipped vehicles.

The job of moving big things from one location to another should only be performed by trained and experienced experts. Unfortunately, improperly loaded and secured equipment has occasionally resulted in catastrophic accidents with severe damage and loss of lives. In fact, in 2015, according to an Equipment World article, haulers were charged with over 40,000 violations. Nearly all of these citations were related to securing the heavy load improperly.

Violations included:

  • Damaged securement equipment
  • Cargo not immobilized
  • Improper tie-down equipment
  • Vehicle not secured, front and rear
  • And more, all related to either insufficient, damaged, or improper securing of the load.

Even when these infringements did not result in an accident of some magnitude, the vehicles were taken off the road until the loads could be properly secured. This action resulted in inactivity, additional expenses beyond the cost of the citation, and usually a loss of revenue.

Most importantly, the potential for significant injury and loss of life was eliminated.

Make Sure You Have the Right Equipment

The message for haulers is clear. Before starting out with heavy loads, properly and completely securing the equipment is critical. Otherwise, any sharp turn or sudden stop may be fatal as hundreds of tons of unsecured momentum can hurl into a traumatic disaster.

  • Make sure you have all the equipment for the job. Know the type and configuration of what is to be moved as well as the weight and physical dimensions. Ensure that the vehicle you will be using has a sufficient gross weight rating to handle the job.
  • Next, determine if oversized permits will be needed to move the equipment.
  • Are you prepared with any special equipment and tie-downs to handle the job? Inspect everything for damage or wear before starting out.

Never Start Out Until the Equipment is Properly Secured

  • Use chain for heavy equipment tie-downs.
  • Limit potential movement with proper placement of the load.
  • Do not allow the equipment to have contact with the brake or hydraulic lines of the towing vehicle.
  • Pad the edges of the bed in order not to damage the tie-downs during transport.
  • If the load has wheels, use chocks or wedges to prevent wheels from turning.

Carefully inspect the load and security of the tie-downs before starting out. It is also a good idea to recheck during the journey to ensure nothing has slipped.

Contact Alpine Towing & Recovery

Alpine Towing and Recovery, with operations in the front range of the Colorado Rockies, is experienced, trained, and fully equipped with the right transport vehicles to haul Heavy Equipment safely to the designated destination.

For heavy equipment moves, contact Alpine Towing and Recovery at (800)-869-2869.

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