You may have to tow an excavator from one construction site to another. An excavator on a trailer poses road challenges for the transport driver. Excavator trailer safety is critical considering the immense weight of the freight. Here are some tips for safe transportation.
Excavator Trailer Safety Tips
The most critical step is ensuring that the excavator is secured to the trailer. The chains and other fasteners you use must be approved by OSHA. Riggers must also secure all chains against the tow bar. Speaking of the tow bar, you need to be sure it has a rating sufficient to accommodate the excavator's weight. Underweight tow bars are at risk of detaching while the trailer is in transit.
Know the Weight Limits
You need to know the weight of three items:
- The excavator; this includes the weight of attached breakers and hoe packs.
- The towing and payload capacity of the transport vehicle
- The weight capacity of the flatbed trailer
The excavator absolutely must not exceed the weight capacity of the transport vehicle and trailer.
Safety Tips for the Road
Be especially aware of steering issues. If you sense the vehicle is slow to respond, then the load may be too heavy. If it is, it may not respond well to sudden road hazards that appear abruptly. You need a trailer with a larger weight capacity.
You may also notice erratic or sluggish performance of the trailer on bends in the road. The trailer is lagging behind and may shift inward or outward and endanger vehicles in adjacent lanes.
We Supply Excavators of All Sizes
Active Excavator Rentals provides excavators for all types of excavation work. Learn about us and the equipment we provide for Monroe-based contractors. Be sure to review all the provisions of excavator trailer safety if you must transport an excavator between construction sites.
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