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How to Secure Heavy Equipment for Transport

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To transport heavy equipment from one location to another, you have to secure it in the proper manner. This helps the owners of the cargo to keep it free from harm and to protect motorists. If you adhere to the rules that the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) sets, you can move the various items under your care in the safest way.

Follow the rules and regulations of the law. Learn the various rules set by the FMCSA, such as anything lower than 10,000 pounds in weight does not have to adhere to exactly the same rules as their heavier counterparts, though requirements are similar.

Get your heavy equipment ready to move. Note that the items you plan to transport need to sit in a way where they do not stick out because that can cause damage to other equipment or cars or trucks on the highway. You also have the option to put pieces that stick out inside another piece of heavy equipment to make the situation safer.

Keep items with wheels in a stationary position with the use of tie-downs. Tie-downs have to meet certain standards in regards to number. For instance, you have to utilize two tie-downs if you ship something shorter than five feet in length but greater than 1,110 pounds in weight. This helps to maintain the safety of people who travel with the heavy equipment and other items because a large rolling tractor does not make a pleasant sight when you have nowhere to go.

Chock the wheels of large vehicles. To prevent accidents and keep crew members safe who travel with large cargo, companies have to implement this procedure. Note that when you deal with big machines, you need to have trucks that lead and trail the vehicle with the heavy machinery to warn other motorists.

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