When it comes to building infrastructure and superstructures there is the requirement for some heavy machinery and equipment to be used. Managing the movement of this equipment can be complex on-site when you can see the wider plan in front of you, and all the moving bits and pieces of equipment, raw materials and construction staff, but what about transporting the heavy machinery to a new location, potentially the other side of the country?
Let’s take a look at what you need to consider should it be a requirement to move heavy machinery and construction equipment to different locations across the country for construction projects being worked on at a large scale.
If you are renting construction equipment, such as large diggers and dumpers, tower cranes, forklifts, telehandlers, as well as columns, pressure vessels and other related equipment and materials for large construction projects, you should consider a few factors to make it a successful and safe trip.
Planning Stage – The planning stage of any project is important of course, but no more so when considering the safe transportation of heavy and expensive construction equipment and materials. Before you even start looking around for the right type of vehicles to transport your goods, plan carefully. Look in an analytical and in-depth way at your haulage requirements and take advice from not only the company you are leasing the equipment off to completely understand it, but also heavy haulage transport experts who can advise on the entire process.
Choosing a Vehicle – Depending on your requirements the type of vehicle(s) you choose will vary. For instance, if you need to move long and heavy columns for the foundation and core of a large building, a traditional lorry or trailer will not fit the bill. In this case you will require a longer, flexible and extendable trailer. The characteristics of the machinery and equipment that has to be moved, is important in deciding the mode of transportation required.
Understand Your Cargo – Each type of cargo is different and poses a different type of potential cargo hazard. If you are carrying chemicals in large containers for construction purposes there should be an accurate record of exactly what it is and the specific danger it poses in the case of an accident. For large machinery and equipment you should understand the weights and dimensions perfectly, in order to properly handle it at either end of the journey.
Secure Properly – Not only should the cargo be secure within the transportation container, but you should also have safe and proper procedures either end of its journey. Being able to load and unload heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner will help to prevent potential injury of transportation and construction site workers, and lessen the probability of the equipment itself being damaged throughout the entire process.
Putting together a strict plan for the transportation of heavy machinery to be used in construction at various locations saves you a headache in the long-term. It is a blueprint for future use, as well as the first journey, saves time, money and ensures machinery isn’t damaged and staff members not injured.