When preparing for a construction job, one of the first considerations is material transportation. After construction materials have been selected, purchased, and delivered to the job site, they will now have to be moved daily as the project progresses and the use and needs of materials change. Choosing the correct form of material transport during construction projects aids in efficiency and safety on the job.


Before anything can be done properly on the job site, a logistics system must be put into place and understood by all.

Communication is key on a job site since personnel can be far from each other, even when working on the same site. Make sure everyone agrees on material transport and understands their position on making it happen and keeping it safe. This is usually all built into a site traffic plan and on-site calendars which should both integrate the vertical transportation of materials as a key focus for consideration.

Façade and Finishes

Possibly the largest products which require the most care of material to transport during construction projects are the façade (often delicate glass curtain wall) and interior finishes. They must all be transported in odd-shaped boxes completely sealed to their final destinations.

Construction lifts, such as material hoists, material lifts, construction lifts, and transport platforms are excellent, versatile, and economical alternatives to vertically transport these materials on construction sites. They don’t require highly-skilled and licensed operators like a crane or telehandler; they take up minimal room, and they can delicately lift materials from truck to landing height with little weather exposure. They also remain on a flat level surface instead of rigged by crane or high up on forks.

To keep your project working and your materials intact, consider using a transport platform or material lift as an alternative on your next project.

Bulk Material

Lumber, generators, bathrooms, garbage, beams, machines, and so much more are also needed on a construction site. The proper lifts must be in place to move these materials safely and in a timely manner.

Construction hoists and transport platforms must be in place when the need arises. Being unprepared to move bulk materials will only slow the project down, costing everyone time and money.

Safety and Regulations

As with everything on the construction job site, the handling of materials must be taken seriously to avoid injury. Don’t trust just anyone offering a material or man and material lift to be doing so under the right regulations or certifications.

Be sure to understand material transport regulations in the area of the construction site where the work is being done. Capacity usually determines what form of transportation is allowed and its size.

UCEL is a trusted name in the construction industry as lift and transport experts. Our experience and dedication show in our knowledge of the industry and the quality of products. Contact us for all your material transport needs as well as purchasing or rental.