Transporting heavy machinery is a job many large companies hire contractors for, but just because you're hiring out the work doesn't mean you don't need to strategically plan for an optimal moving experience. In fact, if you don't manage the job right, your machinery could suffer damage and cost the company money. Here are three types of mistakes that can have this detrimental effect.
1. Failing to inspect the machinery before and after the move
It's important to take inventory in advance whenever large assets will be in the hands of outside contractors. This means that you'll need to have someone familiar with the equipment, preferably your company expert, take a good look at the machinery in question just before it's transported and document its condition well, especially any damage that the machinery already has. This ensures that, if the movers damage the machinery in transit, you have some evidence of the fact (of course, you'll have to have someone check it over again as soon as it arrives, in order to rule out the possibility of damage occurring after the contractors delivered the machinery and left). It also helps you be aware of whether any of the items to be shipped are in a condition that will require special handling during transport.
2. Taking a DIY approach
Unless your company has a heavy machinery transportation department, delegating the moving task to someone inside the company isn't the best plan. Assuming that your machinery is valuable, it's crucial to have experienced professionals and their specialized tools for optimal results. So even if your company is a moving-related company, moving large machines may be best left to a contractor that specializes in that area. The larger your machinery is, the more dangerous it is to those around it as well as to itself. Contact a company like Precision Rigging & Contractor CO for more information.
3. Neglecting the correct insurance
Make sure you ask the moving contractor if they carry insurance before hiring them. If you don't feel the insurance they provide is sufficient to cover the value of your machinery, you'll need to get additional insurance to make up the deficit. You may be able to find insurance that will cover the machinery both while in use and while in transport, or you may opt to find a policy intended specifically for items in transit.
These three mistakes could all result in your company losing a lot of money if the machinery is damaged during transit. Of course, hiring professional machinery movers means that's a lot less likely to happen, so that's probably the most important point on this list, but insurance and inspections are also important.