Portable loading ramps are a great addition to various applications due to their versatility, portability, and fast setup times. While the value and utility of a high-quality portable loading dock are easy to see, these units can pose several safety hazards if operators do not take the proper precautions. As a leading manufacturer of portable loading docks for various operations, the team at Dura-Ramp knows how important safety is for every industry and facility. That is why we have compiled a list of 4 mistakes to avoid when using a mobile loading ramp to help you increase the safety of your operation.
Mobile loading ramps can drastically enhance efficiency when used properly. To ensure a high level of safety without compromising productivity, it is crucial for operators to be aware of the following mistakes:
Like any equipment, mobile loading ramps require regular maintenance and checkups to ensure that every component is in good working order. While portable loading ramps can support thousands of pounds when they are properly maintained, it is crucial to ensure that no weaknesses appear throughout the ramp’s usable life. If your loading ramp features any moving components—wheels, easy lift systems, etc.—these elements should be inspected before using the unit. In addition to performing routine inspections and maintenance, it is crucial to track all repairs and inspection notes as this information will help you anticipate future repair or replacement part costs.
While a high-quality portable loading ramp is safe to use in nearly any weather condition, it is still crucial for operators to be aware of seasonal weather hazards and how to avoid them. For example, every operator should be aware of ice and snow hazards for winter and understand proper de-icing techniques for their loading ramp.
Spatial awareness and identifying nearby hazards are both crucial elements of safe loading ramp operation. Before using a forklift or another type of equipment on your loading ramp, operators must check their surroundings to look for potential collision hazards, tight corners, and pathway obstructions. If possible, these hazards should be removed to ensure the safe transportation of products up and down the loading ramp.
Mobile loading ramps are designed to be easy to move around a shipping yard or warehouse, so it is important to make sure that their mobile functions have been disabled before using them. This means that wheel locks should be engaged and checked before attempting to use the unit. It is also worth using chains to attach the ramp to the truck trailer if possible, as this will further stabilize the unit.
To learn more about portable loading ramps and safe operating techniques, reach out to the team at Dura-Ramp. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products.