If you work in the transport sector, then you’ll likely be aware of the challenges when moving equipment or tools to different worksites. Many of these items are heavy-duty, which makes loading them difficult and increases the danger at hand. According to the latest data, 15 people died in the transport and storage industry last year and one of the reasons for some of these deaths is improper preparation and execution when transporting equipment and tools securely.
So, if your business is moving equipment or tools in the future and you want to know how to do it securely to keep your staff, vehicles and goods safe in transit, this is the guide for you. Read on to learn more and have greater peace of mind for your next equipment move.
Plan your route
The first stage of transporting equipment securely is to plan your route. You may have to use a large van or lorry, so ensuring you can fit down every road you take is important. You may also have to acquire a permit if you’re moving large goods with an abnormal load weight. Be sure to have this long before you set off, so there are no delays for your client.
Get the equipment or tools in the van
For lighter goods, your employees may be able to simply carry them into the vehicle themselves without much fuss. However, larger items will need specialist machinery to load them to prevent injuries or damage to the equipment from occurring. Forklifts are a good example of this but there are plenty of other options out there too.
Securing the equipment in place
Once in the vehicle, you’ll need to secure the equipment in place, so it doesn’t move around as it’s transported. This is critical as the equipment could get damaged or your vehicle could if it slides around the vehicle during transit. You can easily secure lighter items in place using bungee cords but heavier items may need chains or straps.
Driving to your destination
Now that the equipment is in place, your driver can travel to the destination. They should take their time during this journey, avoiding speeding, cornering at high speeds and harsh braking to prevent the equipment from coming loose.
You may wish to provide regular training for your drivers too, so they know the best practices when carrying heavy, high-value equipment.