If you run a construction company, you will often need to transport construction materials, tools and equipment to different job sites. Whether you are picking up lumber and bringing it to the job site or moving tools from one location to another when relocating your construction company, it is important that you know the basic rules for transporting such materials.
Choose How to Transport the Materials
The number of items you need to move and the overall size and weight of them will determine the best way to transport them from one location to another. In most cases, you won’t use your own pickup truck unless you are moving smaller materials like tools and a small amount of lumber. However, if you tend to move a lot of materials often, it would be worth upgrading to a larger flatbed truck to do some of this work on your own. Otherwise, using a trailer attached to your truck is often a better option. This allows you to move more items at one time and even move heavy equipment.
Be Careful with the Load Weights
This is the same rule when you are moving anything on a truck or trailer, regardless of what you are moving. You need to know how much the trailer can handle as far as the weight of the load. Never guess how much something weighs and assume it will be fine because you aren’t going far. If your load is too heavy, it could collapse and cause damage to the materials, the trailer and the truck pulling that trailer. This also puts you at risk of causing a collision on the road, particularly if you are planning on taking the highway. Be careful and know what the load limits are before you start.
Know How to Secure the Load Properly
When you have selected your mode of transport and know how much you can load onto the truck or trailer, you then have to make secure it is secure. There are a variety of different tools and devices that can be used for securing construction materials. With lumber, straps are usually best and really all you need. However, if the weather looks like rain or snow might be on the horizon, then cover all of your construction materials with tarps, and secure those tarps as well. There are also chains for heavier and bulkier tools and materials you might be transporting.
Don’t hesitate to hire a transport company for larger materials and equipment you don’t think you can haul on your own.