4 Smart Tips When Moving Construction Equipment

Co-workers talking to each otherWorker safety and cargo integrity should be your main concerns when moving machinery. Equipment destroyed during transport can set your project back by days, not to mention cost you a fortune in repairs. Having a few of your workers injured in the process makes matters worse.

The good news is you can prevent these accidents from happening with careful planning. Here are four ways to do this.

Invest in Suitable Moving Equipment

Use moving vehicles and loaders compatible with the equipment you’re transporting. For instance, if you’re handling massive and heavy earth movers, you’ll need to use a low loader. These trailers are perfect for ferrying large and heavy equipment. The smart move is to rent one for a one-time transport, but if you’re moving heavy equipment regularly, it’s more cost-effective to buy a low loader.

Check Your Cargo before Moving

Work with a field engineer to assess your equipment and identify which of them need extra care during transport. Use their recommendations when deciding which moving vehicles and strapping materials to use. Your goal should be to come up with the most efficient moving strategy to avoid damaging the equipment while they’re in transit.

Hire Professional Movers

Moving heavy machinery is a sensitive affair, so make sure the people in charge have all the information and tools necessary to facilitate a safe and efficient transport. If your employees lack the skills, experience and knowledge the job requires, consider paying for professional heavy haulage services instead.

Think about Costs

Transporting equipment is expensive. Besides the cost of renting or buying a low loader trailer, you also need to have funds for fuel, labour, and storage. You’ll want to keep your spending low without sacrificing quality. So, don’t hire the first moving company you find. Talk to several agencies and find the provider that meets your budget and transport needs.

Moving heavy machinery is a monumental task, but with careful planning, it’s not impossible to carry out.