You need to take several precautions when you want to transport industrial machinery. The following are some of the key precautions that will safeguard the machinery from avoidable risks.
You should ask a competent person, such as an engineer, to carefully inspect the equipment before it is loaded onto the transport vehicles. Such an inspection should document the condition of the equipment so that you can have a reference point when checking the equipment after it has been delivered to its destination. Include as many photos as possible to provide visual clues about the condition of your equipment. The transporter is also likely to conduct their own inspection. Ensure that the inspection reports tally so that no disputes can arise later on about the condition of the equipment.
Appropriate Loading Equipment
Some facilities managers may insist on using the available lifting equipment to load the machinery onto the transport vehicles even if the lifting equipment isn't the most suitable equipment for this task. This can expose the machinery to a higher level of risk during the loading process. Avoid taking that risk by working with the transporter to get the most suitable loading/offloading equipment so that no accidents can occur when the machinery is being placed on or removed from the transport vehicles.
You stand a higher chance of an incident-free move in case you select transporters who have experience in moving the type of machinery that you would like them to transport. Such transporters will have teams that know exactly what do at each stage of the move to safeguard your costly investment. For example, experienced transporters can select the most appropriate securement devices to prevent the equipment from shifting during the journey. Inexperienced people may use whatever they have, hoping that it will serve the purpose.
You should also schedule the move when the weather is favourable. Rainy weather increases the risk that your machinery will be damaged during transit. For instance, heavy trucks are more likely to skid when the road surface becomes slippery due to rain or snow. Moisture damage is also more likely to occur if the equipment is loaded or offloaded during rainy weather. It is therefore wise to select a period when it is sunny so that the hazards faced by your equipment are reduced.
Evaluate the available options to select a provider of industrial transport services in your area. They will then design a plan that will address each of the predictable risks that can compromise the safety of your machinery.