Moving oversized loads is a challenging task for most haulage companies. More often than not, personnel will spend sleepless nights preparing to move the oversized object. They will need to choose an appropriate route, determine how to load and unload the cargo, secure permits, inform local police and plan for emergencies. This extract analyses the various considerations that should be made when executing heavy haulage.
A few minutes before commencing the trip, mechanics should conduct a final inspection to ensure every vehicle is in excellent condition. Haulage personnel should also ensure that the load is safely secured. The reconnaissance team should be the first to leave. The team will travel five to ten kilometres ahead of the convoy. They will give updates regarding changing road conditions such as traffic jams and accidents. Besides, the team will secure parking for the haulage truck.
The pilot vehicles ahead of the haulage truck will warn other road users and divert traffic to ensure the haulage truck has an easy time navigating. Those at the rear will direct drivers when to overtake the haulage truck. If there is too much traffic, they will advise the convoy to park to allow other road users to pass.
Low lying electrical cables and bridges are a significant hazard when transporting oversized loads. Preferably, the pilot vehicles should have poles to measure the height of the cables and bridges. Self-propelled modular transporters come with adjustable suspension. As such, the driver can lower the trailer's height to avoid contact with these hazards. The team could also require power saws or bush trimmers to cut branches that might damage the load.
The convoy will have to make regular stops to refresh, refuel and inspect the vehicles. Stopovers should be made in areas that have expansive parking. It prevents the convoy from distracting other road users. At the stop, the convoy will meet with the reconnaissance team. It is an opportunity to evaluate the challenges faced and plan for the journey ahead. Time is a vital concern when transporting oversized loads. Some states will prohibit you from using specific roads during the day. At the stopover, the team will assess whether it is possible to complete the remaining part of the journey without breaking the law.
As a rule, the haulage convoy should have a team leader who coordinates the exercise. He or she is the immediate contact person for all personnel in the field. Besides, the team leader will be in constant communication with the customer and company headquarters.
To learn more about heavy haulage, reach out to a local transportation company.Share