The construction industry, as well as the plant hire industry is peppered with all sorts of phrases and terms and it is important to know a few of them, so that when you are hiring plant equipment, you hire the right tools for your needs. At Fast Pulse Plant Hire, we are all about helping our clients make the best possible choice. Along with offering a wide variety of plant equipment for hire in the Nelspruit area, we also try to give our clients advice and information.

So what is considered an “Abnormal Load?

Any load is considered an abnormal load when it meets any of the following criteria:

  1. A weight of more than 44 000kg.
  2. An axle load of more than 10 000kg for a single non-driving axle.
  3. 11 500kg for a single driving axle.
  4. A width of more than 2.9 meters.

When planning to transport an abnormal load, there are several factors to consider.

Firstly careful planning of the route that is going to be taken is essential.   A suitable route means that not only must the road be able to take the heavy load but any bridges on the route must be able to support that load and any bridges that go over the route to be taken must be high enough for the abnormal load to pass safely under.   It is also essential to have sufficient insurance that will cover for any damage to private and/or public property that may occur during the transportation of the load.   All the local authorities en-route will have to be notified in advance of your move.

You will also need escort vehicles to guide the load, since the driver of the abnormal load vehicle usually has impaired visuals on the road because of the size of the load.   The abnormal load needs to be transported in the safest manner as well as with the minimal disruption to normal traffic flow on major routes.

Factors such as decreased visibility around the vehicle and a decrease in average speed of travel both increase the risk of accidents to other road uses.

The best time to move abnormal loads is at night or during off peak periods / weekends as this will allow safe movement through built up areas or busy roads.  Depending on what you are moving it is also advisable to notify the police and highway authorities as it may be necessary to close certain roads to get safely through certain areas.


Rules for a moving an abnormal load successfully

  1. In order to ensure that your abnormal load or bulk cargo gets to its destination successfully make use of a company that has experience and a track record of safely delivering a load to its destination.
  2. Ensure that the company you choose to do your move has the relevant professional equipment to cope with the moving of your abnormal load for start to finish. Also make sure that the package includes custom approval, road clearance, insurance and also if needed storage of the load.
  3. It is a good idea to do a background check or customer feed-back check of the abnormal load transport company as it will validate their professionalism. Such feedbacks from previous customers can give you the real picture of the abnormal load company’s efficiency.