How to Prevent Loading Ramps from Sliding
25 May 2021 Loading Ramps
When using a portable loading dock or loading ramp, any movement or sliding can present a massive safety risk. This is especially true when using forklifts or pallet jacks to transport heavy palletized goods as sliding can lead to dropped loads or tipping. Several precautions and steps can be taken to minimize the risk of sliding and movement. As leading providers of heavy-duty ramps, the experts at Dura-Ramp have provided some information on how to prevent loading ramps from sliding during use.
Read about some mistakes to avoid when using a loading ramp.
Tips to Prevent Loading Ramps from Sliding
To minimize the risk of loading ramp sliding and movement during operation, utilize the following tips:
Use a Flat Surface
The surface that the portable loading ramp is placed on will greatly affect stability and safety. When setting up a portable forklift ramp or loading dock, it is recommended to avoid uneven terrain or slopes as this can affect equipment gradeability and increase the risk of sliding. Softer surfaces such as mud, snow, and gravel should also be avoided even if they are relatively flat as they can shift under the weight of equipment and loads. Flat concrete is the optimal surface for portable loading ramps as it minimizes the risk of shifting during operation.
Do not Exceed the Rated Capacity
Exceeding the rated weight capacity of a loading ramp can quickly lead to a variety of safety issues including accelerated wear, broken platforms, and sliding. It is important to account for the combined weight of personnel, equipment, and materials during operation. If this combined weight exceeds the rated capacity of a ramp, use smaller equipment or break palletized materials into smaller loads if possible.
Engage Locking Systems (If Applicable)
Some heavy-duty loading ramps feature wheeled bases or other systems to enhance portability. When setting these ramps in place, ensure that wheel locks and other locking systems are engaged to prevent movement. This will help to prevent movement when driving a forklift onto the ramp.
Avoid Extreme Weather
Excessive rain, snow, and ice can greatly increase the risk of sliding when loading or unloading a vehicle. If possible, place your loading ramp in a covered area or avoid these weather conditions. If the operation must continue, consider using additional bracing and chains to limit movement.
To learn more about portable loading ramps and safe operating techniques, reach out to the team at Dura-Ramp through their online contact form. They will work with you to deliver the perfect solution for your operation.