3 Important Types of Loading Ramp Inspections

When it comes to mobile loading ramps, safety should be one of the primary concerns for any operation regardless of the materials they handle or the equipment they use. As a leading manufacturer of quality mobile loading ramps, the team at Dura-Ramp knows how important routine inspections are when it comes to maintaining a high level of safety. That is why we have compiled some information on 3 important types of loading ramp inspections to help you understand what each type entails and why they should be performed.

Inspecting a Loading Ramp

What Types of Inspections Should You Perform on Your Loading Ramp?

Thorough and recurring inspections are crucial for maximizing the usable life of your loading ramp and minimizing the risk of substantial damage or accidents. The following types of inspections should be performed by a qualified individual for every mobile loading ramp you use:

1. Daily Inspections

This type of inspection focuses on the daily wear and tear of the ramp or dock. Daily inspections are crucial for ensuring safe operation and taking note of any potential safety hazards. Areas covered in these inspections include:

  • The general condition of the ramp, railings, and other crucial support systems.
  • Checking to ensure that all equipment used on the ramp and the weight of loads does not exceed the rated capacity.
  • The condition of support beams and wheels (if applicable). Daily inspections are performed to check for any signs of major wear or safety hazards.
  • The functionality of dock levelling systems and electronic lifting systems. If they are not performing correctly, a more detailed inspection of these systems must be performed.

2. Quarterly Inspections

Quarterly inspections are more detailed and in-depth than daily inspections and should take more time. They focus on checking and documenting the condition of vital parts and systems. This makes it easy to check and compare with previous inspections to note any major signs of wear. Quarterly inspections cover:

  • The condition of guardrails, transition plates, and ramp grates. Assess the powder coating and paint for signs of flaking or rust. The condition of the steel should also be assessed to check for signs of warping, cracks, or other damage.
  • The condition and functionality of any electronic lifting or levelling systems. Inspecting motors and checking connection points are vital parts of this assessment.
  • Checking the condition and functionality of wheels and locking systems. This is important to ensure optimal mobility during transport and stability during operation.

3. Yearly Inspections

Yearly inspections focus on the overall condition of your loading ramp or dock. They are performed to assess any damage or wear that has occurred throughout the year and can help you determine if you need a new ramp.  Yearly inspections should take the most time as the condition of every aspect of the ramp or dock will be assessed and noted. This information can then be used to compare with previous and future inspections.

To learn more about loading ramp inspections and safety, reach out to the team at Dura-Ramp through our online contact form. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and work with you to provide the perfect loading ramp solution for your operation.

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