5 Tips for Safely Transporting Heavy Equipment

5 Tips for Safely Transporting Heavy Equipment

December 3, 2018

5 Tips for Safely Transporting Heavy Equipment

If you’re a construction professional, you know how expensive tools and heavy equipment can be, and you know that damage to equipment during transportation can seriously impact your ability to complete a job successfully. In fact, use these five expert-recommended tips for safer transportation this winter season!

 

  • Plan ahead before getting on the road. Planning ahead can help you minimize travel time and avoid road hazards, which can lessen the possibility of being involved in an accident or damaging your tools. Check the weather and track your route ahead of time and avoid traveling when the weather is bad if at all possible.
  • Remove and unlock batteries. Unhook batteries and secure them in a locked container before transportation. This will prevent the battery from dying out before you arrive on site.
  • Wash your equipment before moving. Wiping down your equipment can help doors lock more effectively and can prevent additional debris from affecting how your tool runs. Cleaning your equipment can also help you notice dents and damage, allowing you to address issues before they become a major problem on site.
  • Latch the doors. If your equipment has doors, be sure to latch them closed before transportation. Otherwise, they may swing open and cause damage to your vehicle. If the doors will not close securely, use zip ties to temporarily close them until you can find a more permanent fix.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before transport. Winter roads can be difficult to navigate and require drivers to remain alert and aware of their surroundings. Get a full eight hours of sleep the night before you need to transport your equipment, and never operate a vehicle while groggy or under the influence of alcohol.

DJM Insurance Services provides more than just the bonds and contractor liability insurance in Nevada that’s required by law—we also provide equipment coverage that can help protect you in the event that your tools are damaged during transportation. To learn more about equipment coverage and contractor license bonds in Washington available from DJM Insurance Services, give our team a call today at 800-763-0698!