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Transporting Equipment v2.1.0H5 (MAINSSTCE)

A significant percentage of fatal accidents involving heavy equipment occur when loading and unloading from a trailer. Accidents can also happen when transporting equipment, if it is not properly secured to the trailer. That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation mandates best practices for securing and transporting equipment on trailers. This course will cover types of trailers, load capacity, tie-down, and hauling on public highways and more.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
• Recognize the types of trailers used to haul heavy equipment.
• Understand how to read a trailer load capacity plate.
• Understand how to safely load and unload equipment from trailers.
• Understand tie-down equipment and procedures.
• Know how to calculate the Aggregate Working Load Limit (AWLL).
• Comply with best practices when hauling on public roadways.


Lesson 1: Introduction
• Overview of the topics covered in the program.
• Discussion of who transports equipment.
• Discussion of fatal accident statistics.
• Discussion of the importance of training.
• Description of metric conversion.

Lesson 2: The Trailer
• Overview of trailer types.
• Description of the data plate.
• Overview of how to prepare the load for transport.

Lesson 3: Loading
• Discussion of loading the trailer.
• Overview of operator safety, including knowing how to operate the machine, loading and unloading considerations, wearing PPE, loading with a spotter and without, and maintaining 3 points of contact when mounting and unmounting equipment and trailers.
• Description of proper loading procedures.

Lesson 4: Securement
• Description of securement points.
• Discussion of using only authorized securement points.
• Description of how to inspect attachment points.

Lesson 5: Tie-down Components
• Discussion of the importance of using proper chains.
• Discussion of the importance of inspecting all chains prior to use.
• Discussion of various binding methods, including ratchets, levers, and straps.

Lesson 6: Tie-down Procedures
• Description of the purpose of a tie-down system.
• Discussion of Aggregate Working Load Limit (AWLL).
• Discussion of the importance of knowing rated capacity and load limits.
• Description of common tie-down methods.

Lesson 7: Specialty Loads
• Discussion of securing specialty loads, including cable reels, shovel hardware, and pipe.

Lesson 8: On the Road
• Discussion of procedures to be done prior to traveling on the road, including performing a walk-around inspection, final load limit checks, delivering the machine, offloading, and parking.

Final Exam – 25 question exam with incorrect response feedback

Trainers: Before you begin classroom or field training, why not provide your trainees with a solid foundation of knowledge about the equipment and how to operate it safely? This e-learning training course can be delivered anytime, anywhere you have access to a high-speed internet connection.

Overall Course Specifications:
Estimated length of training program: 1 - 2 hours + final test
Number of test questions: 25
Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes, with person's name, date, and test score
Final Exam Feedback report: Yes
Language: English
Narration: Yes

Immediate online delivery for one person - viewable for up to 60 days

  • Introduction
  • The Trailer
  • Loading
  • Securement
  • Tie-down Components
  • Tie-down Procedures
  • Specialty Loads
  • On the Road
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: 1 year