Heavy Construction: Cranes, Excavators and Bulldozers

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Heavy Construction: Cranes, Excavators and Bulldozers

Hi, my name is Richard, and I have an obsession with heavy construction equipment. It all began when I was just a little kid. My dad used to work in construction, and he would sometimes let me visit the site he was working on. I was fascinated by these giant machines that could lift impossible weights, dig massive holes and demolish buildings in the blink of an eye. Even though I didn't go on to work in the construction business myself, I follow the industry very closely. I decided to start a blog so I had somewhere to share my thoughts. I hope you enjoy reading it.


Heavy Construction Machinery Transport: What the Work of a Rigger Entails

Moving heavy construction machinery to different sites where they are needed is not a walk in the park, but needless to say, it is a job that has to be done for work to be completed onsite. Riggers are the people that specialise in handling most aspects of moving heavy and oversized loads including heavy construction equipment. They will take all necessary steps to ensure that your heavy construction equipment is properly loaded and secured on a freight vehicle and that it reaches its intended destination safely and in good working condition. If you want to gain a better understanding of the work that riggers do for transporting heavy construction machinery, you should continue reading on.

Loading and securing your load

Riggers perform the job of ensuring that heavy loads are loaded and secured onto the freight vehicle ready for transport. The first thing that a rigger will do is to weigh up your load (heavy construction machinery) so as to determine the right load capacity of the vehicle needed to transport it. If possible, the rigger will disassemble your machinery so that it can be transported in parts, as it is much easier to transport the load in parts than as a whole. 

Riggers will do all the heavy lifting needed to ensure the load is safely and efficiently moved from its initial location to the back of a large truck or a trailer. In this regard, the may have to use heavy lifting equipment such as cranes. They will also have to perform all the calculation needed to ensure precise placement of the load including making sure there is proper weight distribution of the load so that the freight vehicle is not strained. Once your load is loaded and precisely placed, the rigger will use various securement methods including tie-downs, straps and chains to make sure it is properly restrained.

Transporting your load

When preparing your heavy construction machinery for transportation, a rigger will keep in mind all relevant road traffic laws that apply to transporting of heavy machinery and oversize loads. They will take so many things into consideration including the width of the road, weight limit signs placed along the route to be used, level of traffic, headroom of bridges, turning radius, and those bothersome zoning regulations. Once all the important considerations have been carefully thought through, the most appropriate route will be chosen. 

Unloading your load 

Once your load has been moved on location, it is easily unloaded using cranes or any other suitable type of industrial equipment.

Contact a company that offers rigger hire to learn more about dealing with heavy machinery.