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Summary Outline - Oversize/Overweight Load Movement

IV. Oversize/Overweight Load Movement

(Movement must, at all times, be operated with regard to public safety)

A. Comply, in all respects, with the state specific vehicle movement laws

B. Comply with all permit specified requirements, restrictions and special conditions

C. Position vehicles in compliance with state regulations

D. Display flashing lights, signs and flags as required

E. Maintain sufficient team communication to promote public, team and load safety

  1. Avoid unnecessary conversation
  2. Keep the load driver informed of your location

F. Monitor and advise load driver of any malfunction of load lights, tie-down straps and chains and tire and brake problems

G. Compare team vehicle speedometer readings as necessary

  1. Advise load driver of any potential violations of state restrictions
    1. Noncompliance with posted speeds limits and/or permit speed restrictions

H. Follow safe maneuvering techniques

  1. Estimate braking distance for load
  2. Maintain necessary vehicle spacing
    1. Adjust spacing for congested areas
    2. Adjust spacing when approaching low clearance structures, narrow bridges and blind curves
    3. Comply with state specific regulations for multi-load movements
    4. If vehicle spacing is extended for the presence of hazardous conditions, test the communications quality to verify that extending the spacing has not resulted in ineffective communications and adjust vehicle spacing appropriately to maintain quality communications
  3. Advise load driver of impending roadway restrictions or hazards and recommend defensive maneuvers
    1. Narrow structures and bridges
    2. Guard rails
    3. Elevated and/or rough grade crossings
    4. Impaired clearances
    5. Construction activity and road closures
    6. Changes in traffic flow or intensity
      1. Vehicle passing
      2. Changes in surrounding traffic speed or volume
    7. Change in road or weather conditions
    8. Trees, utility lines and soft shoulders
    9. Stalled vehicles, mailboxes, telephone poles, pedestrians and road signs
    10. When potential hazard cannot be adequately assessed by sight, load should be safely parked and warning devices placed, escort driver and load driver should proceed and physically assess hazard
      1. Determine if alternate route is necessary
        1. Identify alternate route
        2. Survey alternate route
        3. Ensure appropriate notifications are made regarding alternate route (carrier, permit agency and official)
  4. Be aware of traffic control light timing risks
    1. Communicate situations where a team member is unable to clear the traffic control light

I. Identify and communicate emergency situations to team

  1. Initiate emergency procedures for breakdowns
    1. Comply with CFR Title 49, Volume 4, Chapter III, Part 392, Section 392.22, regulation on emergency signals
    2. Pull as far off the roadway as possible
    3. Place warning cones and/or triangles only after putting on safety apparel
      1. Comply with CFR Title 49, Section 392.22
      2. Provide smooth transition for surrounding traffic
    4. Turn on vehicle emergency flashers and maintain escort vehicle warning lights
    5. Apply specific emergency procedures for nighttime breakdowns
      1. Use reflective equipment and clothing
      2. Provide smooth transition for surrounding traffic
    6. Apply state permissible flagging procedures
    7. Communicate emergency situation to law enforcement and authorities as necessary
    8. Resolve emergency situation as quickly as possible
      1. Do not abandon load or leave load unprotected
      2. Make every effort to minimize disruption of traffic flow
  2. Initiate emergency procedures when vertical measuring device contact is made with an overhead obstruction
    1. Comply with CFR Title 49, Volume 4, Chapter III, Part 392, Section 392.22, regulation on emergency signals
    2. Immediately advise load driver
    3. Pull team vehicles as far off the roadway as possible
    4. Advise appropriate law enforcement agencies and utilities
    5. Place warning cones and/or triangles only after putting on safety apparel
      1. Comply with CFR Title 49, Section 392.22
      2. Provide smooth transition for surrounding traffic
    6. Turn on vehicle emergency flashers and maintain escort vehicle warning lights
    7. Apply specific emergency procedures for nighttime emergency stops
      1. Use reflective equipment and clothing
      2. Use flashlights and/or lanterns
    8. Apply state permissible flagging procedures
    9. Resolve emergency situation as quickly as possible
      1. Do not abandon load or leave load unprotected
      2. Make every effort to minimize disruption of traffic flow
  3. Initiate emergency procedures for rail grade crossing obstructions
    1. Comply with CFR Title 49, Volume 4, Chapter III, Part 392, Section 392.22, regulation on emergency signals
    2. Pull as far off the tracks and roadway as possible
    3. Advise appropriate law enforcement agencies
    4. Advise railroad
      1. Emergency contact numbers are posted on or near the crossing
      2. Defer to law enforcement contact in the absence of a railroad emergency contact number
    5. Advise carrier
    6. Place warning cones and/or triangles only after putting on safety apparel
      1. Comply with CFR Title 49, Section 392.22
      2. Consider blind spots and corners when placing warning devices
    7. Turn on vehicle emergency flashers and maintain escort vehicle warning lights
    8. Apply specific emergency procedures for nighttime emergency stops
      1. Use reflective equipment and clothing
      2. Use flashlights and/or lanterns
    9. Apply state permissible flagging procedures
    10. Resolve emergency situation as quickly as possible
      1. Do not abandon load or leave load unprotected
      2. Make every effort to minimize disruption of traffic flow
  4. Initiate emergency procedures for accidents and property damage
    1. Comply with CFR Title 49, Volume 4, Chapter III, Part 392, Section 392.22, regulation on emergency signals
    2. Pull as far off the roadway as possible
    3. Place warning cones and/or triangles only after putting on safety apparel
      1. Comply with CFR Title 49, Section 392.22
      2. Provide smooth transition for surrounding traffic
    4. Turn on vehicle emergency flashers and maintain escort vehicle warning lights
    5. Apply specific emergency procedures for nighttime emergency stops
      1. Use reflective equipment and clothing
      2. Use flashlights and/or lanterns
    6. Contact law enforcement, emergency services as necessary
    7. Apply state permissible flagging procedures
    8. Advise dispatcher/carrier as appropriate
    9. Record incident details (Incident Report)
    10. Contact property owner or appropriate public authority
    11. Resolve emergency situation as quickly as possible
      1. Do not abandon load or leave load unprotected
      2. Make every effort to minimize disruption of traffic flow

J. Advise team of additional procedures that may enhance public, team and load safety

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