Signs That You Need a New Loading Ramp
9 Mar 2021 Loading Ramps
For operations that utilize a forklift ramp or mobile loading ramp, it is important to ensure that it is in good working order before use. Regular inspections ensure compliance with important safety standards, minimizing the risk of accidents, property damage, and operator injury. These inspections are also useful for noticing signs that you need a new loading ramp.
Spotting these signs early is a great way to maximize safety and minimize the risk of potential accidents. If it is time to replace your loading ramp, reach out to Dura-Ramp to learn more about our portable loading ramp solutions. Our team will work with you to provide the perfect solution for your facility.
Signs That it is Time to Replace Your Loading Ramp
The following is a list of flaws to look for when determining if it is time to replace your loading ramp. If your ramp does not display any of these symptoms, it is safe for use after completion of your inspection and maintenance routine.
Significant Wear and Tear
If you notice significant damage to your ramp, this can pose a safety risk. Signs of wear and tear can include:
- Bends and dents in the channel rails.
- Cracks in welds.
- Exterior rust.
- A peeling powder coat.
- Loose connections.
- Inoperable hand cranks.
- The inability to stabilize the ramp on a level surface.
If a model is equipped with electronic adjustment features or wheels for transportation, these must be carefully inspected for damage as well. Flat tires or defective electronics can drastically reduce the utility of any portable loading ramp.
Though most wear and tear is caused over time and exposure to the elements, a large portion of it can be avoided. Proper maintenance procedures, storage in winter, and safe operating practices can directly extend the usable life of your mobile loading ramp.
Creaking and Excessive Noise
Portable loading ramps are designed to support extremely heavy equipment and the loads they carry. That being said, the rated capacity of each ramp should never be exceeded. Ensure that you are always aware of how much weight is on your ramp at any given time. Failure to do so may cause damage to your ramp that results in excessive creaking and noise while in use.
Though some noise is acceptable, excessively loud creaking can be a sign of cracks or components bending. If you start to notice a lot of creaking or noise during operation, take the time to inspect all welds, connections, and support beams. It is also worth inspecting the top of the ramp and the folding plates to ensure they are in good condition.
For assistance determining if it is time to replace your mobile ramp, contact the team at Dura-Ramp.