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Safely unloading construction equipment is incredibly important in the construction industry. There are various key steps and risk-mitigation strategies that need to be taken to assure the safety of the equipment and operators on-site.
Here's how you can safely take an excavator off a trailer:
The first step is to review and clear the designated unloading area in the receiving yard before the vehicle reaches the construction site. Check if the ground is dry or muddy, as wet and muddy ramps and uneven unloading ground makes it much harder to unload the excavator. Clear away dirt and debris and alert personnel of cargo schedules so only relevant crew members are in the area when the transport vehicle arrives.
Guide the transport vehicle to its exact unloading area, and after the vehicle is parked, have the ramp cleaned and ready for deployment. Line it up with the backside of the trailer bed, taking time to match joints and get rid of any gaps between the trailer and the ramp. With everything in place, conduct a final condition survey to ensure everything is in place. Look over the equipment's tires and hitches to ensure they are in good shape.Take help from a spotter and an equipment operator before you begin breaking down the chain tie points. Don’t forget to do a brief survey on the condition of the tie-downs themselves before their release. It is highly unsafe to remove the straps and chains if the load has shifted, even minutely. If this is the case, you and the operators might have to draw up a custom unloading plan. Keep in mind not to rush the safety review, even if everything seems in place.
Remove the chains and tie bounds one at a time, beginning with the rear corners. Undo excess chain that may have been wrapped around the links, then start loosening tie-down buckles with their ratchet-style wrench boomers. Be careful at this step as chains and binders have been wound and should still be tight and pressurised. You don't want a metal chain unexpectedly snapping out of nowhere because joints and tension weren't adequately minimised with the ratchet boomer.
Maintain a safe distance between the piece of equipment and the spotter. The equipment operator's visibility might become hindered, so place the spotter in a way where they're accessible but out of any danger. Keep the rest of personnel safe and away from the unloading site while the heavy machinery is in reverse. All attention should remain on safely taking an excavator off the trailer.
Do a final ground inspection of the excavator, the transport vehicle, anchor points, and tools before bringing it to an end.
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