Heavy haul or over-dimensional trucking is no small feat (yes, pun intended). Such a task demands careful execution and planning in order to ensure success and avoid injuries or crashes.
Listed below are seven tips that will help you to move your load safely.
1. Use the proper trailer
There is nothing more important than using a trailer that is best suited to the job.
There are many axle and trailer configuration types, and you must have a thorough understanding of over-dimensional and heavy haul shipping to be able to select the perfect trailer for the job.
Most often, according to Shiphawk.com, heavy haul uses one of the following trailer types:
· Drop Deck trailer – a trailer built with a drop in the deck height. The upper part of the deck drops in height directly after it clears the back of the driving unit and sits atop the back of the tractor unit.
· Gooseneck trailer – connects to the hauling unit by a permanently attached modifiable bar that is affixed to the bed. There are many alternate types of gooseneck trailers including, but not limited to hydraulic, mechanical, fixed, and removable.
· Extendable Drop Deck trailer – same simple design of a normal drop deck, this trailer’s body can extend for loads that are long and cannot extended over the back end of the trailer but require the support of a trailer under its entire body.
· Lowboy trailer – a low-bed trailer that has two height drops in the deck and sits remarkably low to the Earth, and which has a maximum capacity of up to 12 feet in height.
· Flatbed trailer – an open platform trailer with no walls, roof or rails, and a flat load-carrying area.
2. Be prepared ahead of time
It is crucial that you intensively prepare for the move and do this in advance. Our post, “Hiring a Wide Load Shipping Company”, lays out the steps to take while planning a move.
3. Use experienced, trained drivers
Limit yourself to only drivers who are experienced in operating the equipment they are hauling, can secure loads safely, and those who have been trained properly.
4. Secure the load
Make sure the load is distributed and secured properly on the trailer prior to leaving the work or yard site.
Securing over-dimensional or super heavy equipment is a vital process that you should not take lightly. Thankfully, issues involving loss of heavy equipment or other improperly secured loads are few and far between; however, they can lead to damage to personal property, severe injuries, or even worse, loss of life when they do happen.
This is not the extent of its problems, as it often results in a loss of equipment and harshly impacts the environment if chemical contaminants are used.
Securing equipment such as bulldozers, front-end loaders, excavators, and similar equipment falls under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulatory requirements when transporting from state to state. See www.fmcsa.dot.gov for more information.
5. Recognize regulatory requirements
Be acquainted with regulatory requirements in every state that the load will travel through. Rules can be different across state borders.
Commercial vehicles weighing greater than 10,000 pounds GVWR are subject to federal regulations if involved in interstate commerce. However, if hauling equipment intrastate, local regulations might apply as well.
6. Acquire the appropriate permits
Allow yourself time to acquire all required permits. Any equipment over 102” wide will need an oversize trucking permit before it can travel on state highways or roads.
7. Run routes ahead of time
After you have obtained the proper permits and know which state, federal, and local regulations apply, it is time to map out the most efficient route for your trip. Ideally, you should try to avoid heavily trafficked highways (if possible), toll roads, routes that present others types of delays or interruptions, and roads undergoing construction.
A pilot car might be necessary to accompany you on a few of the routes. Each state has its own regulations for different oversize dimensions.
Follow the seven tips above to make sure that your move goes smoothly, and that you secure the safety of both equipment and people.
The construction industry has historically been slow to adapt to new technologies, but with a recent push from Silicon Valley, a lot of money is being poured into research and development. Just a few short years ago, robotics on the construction site was thought of as a pipe dream, but now there are several companies around the world that are making it a reality. It still may be years away from being adopted in a large scale, but the industry should begin to take note of the technological changes that are happening around them.
Robotics isn’t the only construction item that made headlines last year, there have also been advances in construction materials, Augmented and Mixed Reality, smart sensors, and RFIDs.
Below is our list of the best advances in construction technology from 2017:
Cameras are EVERYWHERE these days. They’re on sites documenting the full construction process of your project, they’re on projects taking 360 degree progress footage, and most importantly, they’re in your pocket on your smartphone. Having a camera in your pocket at all times can be a good or bad thing, especially for employers, because not only can it make lives much easier for communication and documentation purposes, but it also gives people the chance to show the world when things go absolutely terribly.
With cranes being on many construction sites, it’s easy for workers to get complacent. Hundreds or thousands of construction materials can be lifted by cranes throughout the project, but all it takes is one time for a disaster to occur.
Getting your communications right is critical on any construction site. For effective planning and coordination, for efficient management of different teams and for health and safety, having a reliable means of keeping everyone in touch at all times is essential.
Every year, we search all year long to find construction projects that push the limits on what can be done. Through the hard work of workers in each and every trade, new techniques and technologies are produced to allow us to achieve what was previously thought to be impossible.
Below are 9 examples of projects that pushed the boundaries and were under construction, completed, or announced in 2017. If you have a project that you think is really cool that you think we should include in our 2018 list, please contact us to let us know!
As the world not only becomes more familiar with green products, but also starts demanding them, researchers and contractors alike need to be ready to embrace the ever-changing world and meet their customer’s demands. Each year, new products are released that hoping to reduce waste or harness renewable energy sources, but only some of them reach the mass market.
Below are 8 green products, processes, and stories that we found most interesting in 2017:
In regards to timelapse videos, it was a big year for sports arenas and the city of Atlanta, Georgia. These types of videos have become more popular in recent years due to the wide availability of documentation services available. Not only that, but civilians who own drones have also taking a liking to their area’s construction sites.
Take a look below at our 7 favorite construction timelapse videos from 2017:
The solar photo-voltaic panel installation profession is one of the newest jobs on the construction site. It's also considered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to be one of the fastest growing professions across any industry. From 2016 to 2026, the BLS expects employment to rise 105 percent, when the average is only around 5 percent.
This year saw more videos with environmental considerations taken into account, especially over waterways. Instead of imploding entire bridges, the part that spanned over top of the waterway were manually removed. I've also grown an appreciation for in-depth footage of demolitions that occurred under some interesting conditions. Some of the videos below show some extreme creativity to overcome obstacles.
As open land in cities across the world is becoming harder to find, the tendency to go vertical on buildings is becoming more popular. For the fourth straight year, a record number of buildings 200 meters (656 feet) or higher were built in a single year.