Working on a building site is always fraught with difficulties. Getting the equipment, you need to complete the work might be tough in this environment, as building sites are always changing.

That is why, if you need to transfer certain equipment to a working location with limited access, you must have a strategy in place. It can be a great pain to order equipment only to find out it cannot be used where you need it on the job site. Here is all you need to know about finding the correct equipment for a task with limited access.

Get a Lay of the Land

Confirming the measurements of the confined space is the first step in arranging equipment for any tight access task. This may seem self-evident, but it is critical. It is also a good idea to check in with the crew to see if the space will alter between now and the arrival of the equipment. Check the surrounding region to see if any crews might wind up overlapping with the tight access work that needs to be done. Tight access operations are best done with compact equipment like a 1.7 Tonne Excavator or a 3 Tonne Site Dumper, and when other workers are well-clear and will not pose a safety danger or cause any delays, due to space constraints.

Understand the Benefits and Limitations of the Equipment

Every piece of construction equipment is unique, with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. If a worker uses construction equipment beyond its capabilities, the job will not be completed properly at best, and at worst, it will cause a great deal of damage and pain.

Just as a 48T excavator is not a good fit for any tight access jobs, it is equally important to avoid putting a 1.7T excavator — which is fantastic for narrow access projects — to work on a task it was not designed for.

Revise the Plan if Any Issues Arise

If the equipment you just had delivered to the construction site will not operate in the narrow access place despite your best planning efforts, it is critical to rethink the plan. There are a handful of quick and easy ways to accomplish this. Begin by determining whether the issue is merely a result of the team selecting the improper piece of equipment, or if there is another impediment impeding the equipment’s capacity to perform its function.

If the latter is the case, remember that arranging for another piece of hire equipment can be done quickly. If the latter is the case, speak with the site supervisor about the obstacle; it may be possible to move it or even deconstruct it.

Also, keep in mind that the equipment may be used elsewhere on the property. Even if there is not enough space on the tight access job site for the present piece of equipment, it may be possible to use that piece of equipment to begin work on another tight access project elsewhere on the site. You could then hire a piece farther down the chain to take care of the initial task.

At Fast Pulse, we have a wide selection of plant hire equipment available for hire. We can help you find the best equipment for your needs and we can also give you great advice.