When you’re transporting a 30,000-pound machine, it’s a good idea to take safety very seriously. Although many of us use proper methods for securing machines and components for safe transport, it’s possible to overlook an important step that could potentially put you and others in jeopardy. Here are safety tips to keep in mind when you’re transporting a machine.
Tying the Machine Down:
· As a rule, you should use one chain for every 8500 pounds (3855.5 kg) of weight, or one chain for every 10 linear feet (3.1 meters) of cargo
· Check all chain anchor points
· Always check every chain before using it; look for cracked, bent, twisted or stretched links
· Check for broken or cracked side or pocket rails, supports or welds. Also look to see if rails are bent or distorted where hooks or fittings attach, and check if floor rings are nicked or gouged, worn, twisted, bent, stretched or have broken welds
· Keep chains straight and tight
· Be sure to flag the machine if it exceeds the width requirements for transporting
· Check to be sure all items on the trailer and the machine are secured
· Re-check for fluid leakages, rocks, and other debris
Transporting the Machine:
· Check that the machine is properly chained down and balanced
· Many governmental agencies throughout the world require that the truck driver, within the first 25 miles (40.2 km) after beginning a trip, recheck all load securing devices and make proper adjustments
· Make sure you obtain the proper permits required by your municipality and state
· ALWAYS use common sense
Improper safety precautions could lead to property damage, personal injury, DOT fines, increased insurance rates, and loss of driving privileges, so play it safe!
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