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How Can a Forklift Help In the Union Delivery Process?

Operating a union construction job site is a difficult task. Managing teams of construction workers handling different tasks is a challenge, especially when there are constantly incoming materials. And, in order to keep the process on schedule, you need to be prepared to receive these materials in a timely manner, with great efficiency. That’s where a forklift can come in handy. At Iron Horse Transport, we regularly send forklifts along with our standard shipments to ease the unload process. Read on to learn about how our New York trucking company’s forklifts can improve the union delivery process.


What is a Forklift?

Forklifts often make the difference between spending an hour and five minutes on a task. This lift truck, normally the size of a sedan, offers a lot of value to most construction sites. Operating off of natural gas, properly maintained forklifts can transport supplies for hours. The standard forklift uses a counterweight to maintain balance while lifting heavy objects. New York trucking companies that handle excessive loads normally use forklifts to offset the potentially disastrous task of unloading.


What are Forklifts Used for?

Most of the time, people envision forklifts as being used to transport palletized freight. This is a very common use of forklifts, especially in warehouses and on union job sites. New York trucking companies normally handle forklifts for this purpose, among others. Transporting freight in a palletized unit carries many benefits for all parties. First, transporting each box individually could damage the freight. At Iron Horse Transport, our New York truck drivers value the safe delivery of all merchandise, and ensure that it arrives intact. Loading and unloading each box individually is tiresome work for all parties, and could easily cause damage. This is especially true for New York trucking companies, who often work in a hectic environment with other vehicles.

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Palletized Freight

Forklifts make loading and unloading palletized freight a breeze. The trained and certified operator will safely load and unload the freight at the job site. Then, the on-site construction workers can continue their progress without any further obstacles.


Bulk Quantities of Materials

Aside from palletized freight, there are other materials that require a forklift. For example, bulk quantities of steel sheets or plates will generally be packaged together in a bunk. While it will not have a pallet, there will be an easy access point for a forklift. So, using a forklift to lift and transfer this steel is the best solution. The same principle applies to other raw materials, including plywood, piping, and more. New York trucking companies are often contracted to ship these materials, especially for new construction projects. Often, these materials will require over-dimensional transport, meaning that they do not fit on the standard truck bed.

Finally, forklifts can also be helpful for unloading machinery from dry van trucks. These trucks, which are constructed with weather protection in mind, are ideal for hauling appliances. For example, hot water heaters secured on a pallet can easily be lifted and removed from the truck using a forklift. For the sake of durability, we also ship weather-sensitive materials via dry vans.


Beyond Delivery: Forklifts for Use on Job Sites

Forklifts aren’t just useful when delivering materials to a union job site. In fact, there are plenty of reasons that having a forklift around is handy. First, there are occasions where forklifts can easily lower materials into the pit. For example, when offloading bricks, steel, or other bulk materials, it can be helpful to have materials accessible. New York trucking companies often deliver materials for projects like this. Additionally, forklifts can also suspend equipment in a construction pit. This removes the difficulty of transferring equipment between the ground level and the construction pit.


Alternatives to Forklifts

Without a forklift, the operations on your union job site can be severely affected. Rather than a machine that can instantly (and without expending significant effort) move materials, your team will have to bear the brunt of the work. In some cases, you may have another machine that can pick up some of the slack. For example, an automated pallet jack may help people transport a pallet from one end of the construction site to the other. But, it will not have the efficiency that a forklift would have. Regardless of the alternative, choosing a New York trucking company that offers forklift services is ideal.


Forklift Operating Qualifications

Forklifts are dangerous when used incorrectly. To prevent any on-the-job incidents, we require all of our drivers to undergo forklift training. This elaborate process- which involves learning, written exam and practical examination phases– ensures that anyone operating a forklift is doing so correctly. As a New York trucking company, this greatly enhances our capabilities.

Knowing about these safety regulations is crucial, especially in bustling environment like the typical NYC union job site. With trained and certified operators on hand, we are prepared to handle any forklift-related tasks.


Iron Horse Transport

As a trucking company, having access to forklifts and skilled drivers is critical. Not only are forklifts more convenient, but they make the freight transportation process safer overall. At Iron Horse Transport, we are fully prepared to assist your union in successfully completing your project. Contact us to schedule a final mile delivery!