Safety Tips For Heavy Haul Trucking
As you probably already know from looking at other pages on our site, heavy haul trucking is an industry that carries large objects, often involving machinery relocation, using large trucks with varied flatbed trailers. In fact, if you have ever been driving on the interstate and seen a gargantuan piece of machinery strapped to a truck, you have likely seen heavy haul trucking in action.
Often accompanied by signs dictating “heavy load” and spotter cars with flashing lights, heavy haul trucking can be a dangerous task. In order to safely relocate machinery from point A to point B, a heavy haul trucker must have the proper experience, as well as the proper equipment to get the job done.
In today’s blog post your heavy haul trucking company, Stephen Izzi Trucking & Rigging Inc. based out of Edison, New Jersey, is going to discuss heavy haul trucking and the most important tips to staying safe out on the road.
What Safety Means To Us for Heavy Haul Trucking Company
Here at Izzi Trucking & Rigging Inc., we hold our employees to the highest standards of safety. While other heavy haul companies also practice safety when freight trucking and machinery location, we like to think that we go the extra yard, making us even safer than our competition.
While safety might seem like something that only benefits us, as a heavy equipment transportation company, it really does provide many benefits to you as a customer. When working with heavy haul company, knowing that they keep their employees' safe means that they will keep your freight or machinery safe during its relocation. Continue reading to learn more about how machinery relocation service companies like ours practice safety in the field.
Obviously, the first step to any project is to prepare both yourself and the equipment. Improper preparation can lead to issues that can either damage the product that is in transit, the vehicle transporting the product, or the vehicle operator.
A great way for vehicle operators to prepare for a heavy haul trucking job is for them to sit down and make a list. The vehicle operator should make a list of all the equipment needed to secure, load, and unload the particular machinery that is to be relocated. Additionally, it is important for the vehicle operator to look at a map and visualize the route they will be taking because even with current GPS technology, it is important to be able to visualize where you are on the map. For trucking and rigging companies like ours, who work in freight trucking and machinery relocation across the country, this is particularly important.
Secure The Cargo
One of the most important aspects of safety for the driver, as well as the customer's freight or machinery, is to properly secure the load to the trailer. Securing the load on the trailer is not a straightforward task that can be done in minutes, but rather should be done slowly and correctly to ensure that the cargo is properly loaded.
While heavy haul trucking accidents are infrequent, the risk associated with an accident occurring is very high. Because of the size, shape, and weight of the cargo, an accident is likely to be much worse than your average “fender-bender”. Practicing proper loading techniques can reduce the risk of an accident exponentially, hence why we take our time ensuring that every load is evenly distributed and tied down properly.
Offer Drivers Training Opportunities
One of the most beneficial ways to ensure the safety of the trucker, truck, and cargo is to provide the trucker with valuable training opportunities. Training a truck operator to properly and efficiently load a truck, drive safely, as well as how to stay alert on the road is an extremely undervalued way to increase safety from the start of the trip to the finish.
Having a highly-trained driver is an extremely important way to complete a job safely, not necessarily because of their skills, or lack thereof, but because the American roadway is an extremely variable place.
One of the largest dangers to heavy haul truckers is other drivers on the roadway because while focusing on keeping an oversized load in its lane, they also have to keep their head on a swivel for reckless drivers. What other drivers fail to realize most is that it takes a lot more space for an extremely heavy truck to slow down than it does for a compact vehicle, making it necessary for the trucker to keep alert and watch out for cars that try to cut in front of the truck.
Plan Your Route In Advance
As we mentioned earlier, it is important to sit down and make a list of the equipment that you may need, as well as looking at the map for potential routes. Planning the route is extremely important for machinery relocation because not all roads can hold the weight of an extremely heavy load, nor can some roads provide enough space for large freight trucking.
When planning a route, the driver should be looking for roads with low weight requirements, roads undergoing construction, and roads with low hanging bridges. Because of the size of most heavy haul trucking loads, it is important to consider if these roads can handle the width, height, or weight of the load.
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