Abnormal load Transport For Telecoms Infrastructure

Phelan Haulage continued the specialist transport and installation of these tall telecoms masts this week, this time near Glasgow, using the Scania member of our fleet.

Our HIAB driver/operators carefully erected the telecommunications masts so that they could be installed by the site technicians. We can cover all aspects of specialist haulage and lifting with safety and ease. 

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Gallery of more of this work below.

The growth of 5G masts

Mobile phones are  in essence small radio transmitters and receivers, which operate using radio wave networks. To send or receive calls, a handset must be within range of a mobile phone mast: this is a fixed radio receiver and transmitter, whose antennae maximise network signal within that vicinity.

The antennas must necessarily be high above the ground to avoid connection interference from the likes of buildings or trees. The taller the mast, the wider the network coverage, and the more phones that can be provided with a fast mobile signal.

What is classed as an abnormal load?

An ‘abnormal load’ is a vehicle that has any of the following:

  • a weight of more than 44,000kg
  • an axle load of more than 10,000kg for a single non-driving axle and 11,500kg for a single driving axle
  • a width of more than 2.9 metres
  • a rigid length of more than 18.65 metres

Other measurements may apply if you’re transporting a load abroad.

Need to transport a very long abnormal load?

Phelan Haulage can transport abnormal loads up to a 36m stretch using our Radio Controlled Urban Rear Steer Trailer manufactured by Broshuis. See this type of trailer in action below.

Broshuis Flatbed Trailer

A major advantage of a hydraulically controlled Broshuis flatbed trailer is that it comes standard with automatic rear steering equipped with the ‘Pilot Steering Module’. As a unique expansion for normal rear steering, this smart module makes it easier for you to reach places that are difficult to access. By switching one handle for the ‘Pilot Steering Module’ you can isolate the steering movements of the bogie from the steering movements of the truck.

This makes it easy to control the bogie of the trailer with the remote control separately, without being affected by the steering movements of the truck. In this way, the control of the bogie not only reacts much more directly, but also stronger (+42%). Furthermore, the movements can be controlled more precisely.

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