Safely loading and transporting heavy machinery is not an easy task. Not only do you need to haul construction equipment safely, but legally too, this means protocol is an absolute must. The very best thing that you can do to ensure maximum safety is to implement all safety measures right from the beginning. You should begin by preparing yourself and your team for the transportation of the machine, this means there are a few things you should do before even inspecting the machine.
Begin with a Risk Assessment. This ensures that in the unfortunate circumstance of issues surrounding the transportation of your heavy machinery, you can prove how well managed your processes are. Your company will be liable throughout the machines journey so the more details you can provide the better.
Some examples of info to include in your transporting RA are:
- Operation and transportation timeline
- Weight loads
- Foreseen hazards and risks
- Why the above are hazards and risks
- How you plan to deal with hazards and risks
- Include safety protocols your company adheres to
With the obvious involvement of staff needed in the transportation of heavy machinery, it would be a gigantic let down to fail safety assessments due to incorrect personal protective equipment. It goes without saying that PPE is one of the biggest ways to protect your staff however it is one that can be overlooked. By including a PPE assessment into your protocols you’ll remind staff of its importance while also strengthening your RA details.
Moving on, it’s vital to also inspect the equipment being used to transport your heavy machinery.
Below is a complete inspection list for you to work from when transporting:
- Weight – how much weight can your transporter bare?
- Tie-down points
- Tie-down working load limits
By following the above steps, you are protecting yourself, your company and your staff through thorough and detailed preparation. In summary, when it comes to safely transporting heavy machinery, preparation really is key.