If you need to transport a piece of heavy construction equipment a long distance across Australia, you will most likely be considering using a flatbed truck. Flatbed trucks help to minimise the risk of injury to others or damage to the machinery. However, if you are planning to use a flatbed truck to transport heavy machinery, it is important that you take steps to ensure the operation is carried out in a safe manner. Below is a guide to 3 things you should do when transporting heavy equipment.
Organise escort cars
Heavy equipment is often oversized or abnormally shaped. The abnormal shape can create a hazard for other road users. To mitigate the risk posed by the transportation of heavy construction machinery, you should ensure that the flatbed truck is supported by a team of escort cars. Typically, one escort car will drive ahead of the truck to check that the road is free of obstacles. Another escort car will drive behind the truck to warn road users that there is an abnormal load ahead and that they should slow down and overtake.
Communicate with other road users
Escort cars can communicate with other road users in a range of different ways. For example, escort cars have high visibility reflective panels and flashing orange lights so other vehicles and pedestrians can easily see them. Some escort cars may also be fitted with digital signs which can be programmed to display messages such as SLOW DOWN or CAUTION - WIDE LOAD. Escort cars also have the authority to stop traffic using stop signs or lights to allow the flatbed transporter to access small side roads safely. Escort cars can also plan the route so that it avoids low bridges and other hazards as well as providing transport for relief drivers.
Ensure that the truck is fitted with a digital tachograph
Modern technology can help to keep your drivers and your heavy construction equipment safe. You should consider investing in digital tachograph equipment which will track the number of hours the driver has been on the road and the progress of the heavy equipment. Digital tachographs will also help to prove to the authorities that the transportation of your load is completely legal and that the driver is getting enough rest.
If you would like to find out more about transporting heavy construction equipment, you should contact a haulage transport company today.Share