How to Load and Unload Heavy Equipment

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William Thomas / January 2021

How to Load and Unload Heavy Equipment For Efficient Shipping

Shipping heavy equipment and other materials entail various activities, including loading and unloading. This is when experienced professionals load and unload cargo at the pickup and drop-off points.

Loading and unloading heavy equipment is best done meticulously because there are many risks involved. At Heavy Equipment Transport, we understand all the risks involved and measures to be taken to ensure a safe working environment. For this reason, we only work with highly skilled and trained staff. We also use modern material handling equipment that is regularly inspected and maintained.

Here are tips recommended by our experts

Top Tips to Load and Unload Heavy Equipment for Smooth Hauling

Preparation is vital when loading and unloading all types of heavy machinery. The transportation company should develop a plan on how the procedure will be carried out before it begins. For example, what is the must-have equipment, and which role will each person play? In addition, skills and experience are worth considering when designating the duties involved in loading and unloading.

Selecting a clear loading and unloading area is also very important. The place must be free of people and barriers. Additionally, the ground must be fairly flat and hard enough to bear the weight of the trailer transport.

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What to Avoid when Loading and Unloading Heavy Equipment When Preparation for Shipping

Steer clear of loading and unloading heavy equipment without an experienced spotter to guide the operators. It can be tricky for the latter to locate the safest places to position the equipment while loading and unloading it.

It’s also recommended to avoid loading and unloading bulky equipment without a comprehensive safety protocol outlining the dos and don’ts of every stage, and the safety precautions to observe. This helps to prevent fatal accidents or unnecessary inconveniences. For instance, if there’s a flatbed trailer, park it properly, with its motor off and brakes set. The nearby workers must be at a safe distance and alert at all times. No kids should be allowed near the loading and unloading area.

How to Haul Machinery with Heavy Equipment Transport

If you’re planning to transport any heavy equipment, let Heavy Equipment Transport handle this task for you. Thanks to our brilliant team of professionals capable of taking care of every detail involved, we’re qualified for it. This includes loading and unloading the machinery for you and delivering it to your specified location exactly when you need it.

In addition, we have a long list of handy equipment and materials to use for the loading and unloading process. Examples of these are forklifts, cranes, side loaders, stackers, and conveyor belts. Our logistics experts will single out the best ones to use in your case, based on your heavy equipment, its nature, and features.

Common Types of Heavy Equipment Heavy Equipment Transport Loads and Unloads

  • Dump trucks
  • Road roller machines
  • Heavy vehicles
  • Asphalt pavers
  • Construction materials
  • Bulldozers
  • Graders
  • Backhoes
  • Excavators
  • Scissor lifts
  • Skid Steer loaders
  • Harvesters
  • Material handling equipment