Securing heavy machinery correctly and safety is of vital importance to the safety of the loader and operator, and to the equipment itself. Specifications are laid out by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) for certain procedures that should always be followed when securing heavy machinery.

The rules for securing heavy machinery

The rules are set by the FMCSA to ensure the optimum safety of those moving heavy machinery. Companies are required to follow these guidelines, but may have additional rules or regulations of their own with regards to heavy machinery and other similar equipment.

The rules regarding securing heavy machines are straightforward and simple, meant to ensure that people and equipment remain as safe as possible. The additional rules a company provides to its workers depends on the company and the type of heavy equipment that they are moving.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s guidelines for securing heavy machinery fall under the auspice of section 393.100. Under their guidelines, heavy machinery and equipment is defined as any vehicle 10, 000 pounds or greater that uses tracks or wheels, like bulldozers, tractors, front-end loaders, and power shovels.

Equipment that is less than 10,000 pounds should also adhere to the heavy machinery standards, but does fall under other guidelines of its own.

Preparing to secure heavy machinery:

When preparing to secure heavy machinery, you should be sure to lower additional equipment like claws, shovels, or blades. After they are lowered, they have to be attached to the sides of the heavy machine or vehicle.

Securing heavy machinery with tracks or wheels:

When securing heavy machines like tractors that have wheels or tracks, the vehicle has to be secured in such a way that the tracks or tires won’t roll forward, back, or side to side and at least four tie downs should be used. This is exceedingly important, as heavy machinery that rolls is highly dangerous if it’s not properly secured.

The tie downs have to be attached on specially designed mounts that are strong enough to hold equipment, or as close as possible to the front-end or back of the transporting vehicle.

Dunkel Brothers Machinery Moving

If you choose Dunkel Bros. to move your heavy machinery, we will secure the machinery for you.

Please call to learn how Dunkel Brothers fulfills all of your machinery moving needs. Not only do we fulfill all the requirements mentioned above, we are one of the most trusted machinery moving companies in California.

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