Moving heavy equipment safely is no small task. If not done properly, the results can be disastrous. During loading, keep the following in mind:
- Do not operate or load equipment that you do not know how to safely operate.
- When possible, place the equipment against a vehicle structure to help prevent forward movement – unless the weight distribution or securement considerations will not allow.
- Be cautious when attaching securement devices over brake or hydraulic hoses or cylinders to avoid damage to those components.
- Use edge protection to prevent damage to the tiedowns or to the equipment.
- Whenever possible, use the equipment manufacturer’s designated attachment points and follow the manufacturer’s securement recommendations.
- Do not use any attachment point that is of questionable strength or suitability.
- Chain is the preferred tiedown for heavy equipment and machinery.
- Use direct tiedowns whenever possible, but keep in mind that direct tiedowns require the use of more tiedowns than when using indirect.
- Use chocks, cradles, wedges, or other means placed against the wheels to prevent rolling of wheeled vehicles. These devices need their own securement.
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