Loading and Securing Machines for Transport

Tips on proper methods for loading and securing machines and their components for safe transport.

These are things that are known and practiced, but sometimes overlooked:

Before Loading

  • Always ensure adequate clearances (i.e. power lines and other obstructions) prior to loading machinery.
  • Always read and understand the operation and maintenance manual for the machinery being loaded.
  • Check for fluid leaks.
  • Always measure your load and check regulations for height, weight and width restrictions.
  • Always inspect all anchor points and tie-down locations for visible signs of damage. Verify the trailer floor is serviceable.


  • Always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when in, on or around any machine.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Eye contact should be maintained by the operator and all around the machine.
  • Keep anyone not involved in the loading away from the area.
  • Make sure the machine is balanced. Accurate weights are necessary to ensure the machine is properly placed or positioned on the trailer for transporting.

After Loading

  • Lower all attachments to their lowest possible position. If attachments cannot be lowered, lock/ bind attachments in the transport position (e.g. the centre lock pin for a backhoe loader).
  • Lock the transmission in neutral and apply the parking break.
  • Make sure the machine is off and key removed.
  • Always use a measuring pole from the ground to the highest point on the machine when loaded on the trailer.
  • Always calculate total weight and measure total width and length of load.
  • If required, be sure to flag the machine prior to transport.