Abnormal load transport refers to haulage involving large consignments that cannot be divided between vehicles.
JB Rawcliffe and Sons are specialists in the transport of abnormal loads. In this article, we explain our process when it comes to engagements of this kind.
Step 1: Discuss Requirements
Before we begin to plan the operation, we hold a discussion with the client regarding the specifics of the consignment – including its size, shape, weight, comprising materials, its complexities, its location, its destination and any further necessary information.
It is vital that we collect as much information as possible right at the start of any assignment so we know what to expect and have the capacity to plan for various scenarios.
Step 2: Plan and Prepare for Transportation
Our team of experts will then discuss the best approach to transporting the load in question.
We will consider the timings required, decide on the best vehicle for the job, assess all risks and select the correct safety equipment to protect the consignment, our workers, the public and our vehicles.
Step 3: Conduct Route Survey
After deciding on the best approach for the transportation of abnormal loads, our next step is to check the designated route in detail.
Anything from low tunnels to narrow lanes to weight limits on bridges can cause major problems when attempting to move a consignment weighing over 44,000kg or measuring over 2.9m wide.
Step 4: Notify Relevant Authorities
Depending on the route we decide to take and the vehicle we’ll be using, it may be necessary for us to seek permission from certain authorities or organisations prior to the date in question.
Those authorities may include the police, the highway authority, Network Rail or the owners of any land or structure that we may need to utilise or pass on our journey.
We’ll take care of these communications ourselves to ensure that nothing is missed and to save our clients time and stress.
Step 5: Arrange Private Escorts
This step is not always necessary, but certain loads may require a little more protection or monitoring than others. If we deem this to be the case, we will arrange for the consignment to be escorted by a security team or other experienced specialists.
Throughout the planning and execution of the transportation of abnormal loads, the team at JB Rawcliffe and Sons work hard to ensure that each consignment can be delivered to its destination on time, in perfect condition and in total safety.
We can help to transport goods or equipment of any kind, on behalf of clients from any industry. Our services are most commonly used by professionals within the following fields:
- Civil engineering
- Oil and gas
However, we are able to work with consignments from almost any existing sector.