How to Transport Heavy Equipment Safely

February 18, 2021by Sheedy Crane0

“Oversized Load.” When you see that sign on the back of a truck traveling in front of you on a two-lane road, you know that you’ve got a long drive ahead of you. But as stressful as that situation might be, it’s nothing compared to the stress of heavy equipment transport–otherwise known as heavy hauling in the Bay Area.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the things you can do to ensure safe transit when you need to move heavy machinery, and how our transportation and engineering service in the Bay Area can help.

1 – Plan ahead with a route survey

It’s important to know the route your equipment will need to take before you leave. A route survey can help you identify places where you’ll need to take a detour, as well as potential hazards: construction, tolls and heavy traffic.

A route survey can also look for things like low bridges and underpasses, turning radiuses, hanging electrical wires and railroad crossings.

2 – Fees and permits

Before you begin your journey, make sure you have all your state, local and federal permits in place and know what regulations you might need to follow when moving large objects.

If you’ll be crossing state lines, you and your team should know each state’s rules for oversized loads. And regardless of which state you’re in, remember that commercial vehicles transporting more than 10,000 pounds must comply with federal regulations.

You may also have to pay accessorial charges for things like shrink wrap, layovers, tolls and — if the trip is long enough — the cost of lodging.

3 – Visual safety

When one needs to transport heavy equipment an oversized load, one can put other motorists at risk, which is why your drivers should follow proper procedures and carry special markings to let other drivers know to be careful.

Each state has different requirements for these markings, but in general, it’s a good idea to have with you 12-18 inch orange or red warning flags to use during the day, red lights or flashing amber lights for nighttime travel and a giant yellow reflective banner that other drivers can see.

4 – Inspect your truck

Before heading out, inspect your trailer to make sure it’s ready for the road. Look for damage to the chains, straps and binders used to tie down machinery, and check the hydraulic hoses for signs of chafing.

Make sure the brakes are in good working order and the wheels have adequate tire pressure, and inspect the trailer itself to ensure that it’s level.

Bay Area Heavy Hauling

Are you feeling uncertain about heavy equipment transport in the Bay Area? Turn to Sheedy Crane. Our Bay Area Heavy Hauling services are backed by a staff of engineers, project managers and riggers who are experts in heavy lifting and overweight/over-dimensional load transport.

Our engineering services include:

  • Engineered critical lift planning
  • Heavy Hauling and over-dimensional cargo tie-down and planning
  • Custom 2D and 3D CAD support
  • Conceptual drawings and designs
  • Professional engineer stamped calculations and drawings
  • Temporary support structure planning and designs
  • Site organization, supervision, and technical assistance
  • Load testing
  • Feasibility studies
  • Route surveys
  • Budget estimates

Contact us today to learn more about how Sheedy’s Bay Area engineering services can help you with your next project.