Loading Ramp Installation and Maintenance Tips

Using the proper loading ramp can make moving heavy objects a much safer and easier process; however, not taking proper care of your loading ramp can result in accidents happening on the worksite. At Dura-Ramp, we understand how important it is to properly take care of your equipment. That is why we have come up with some simple loading ramp installation and maintenance tips to help you make sure that your loading ramps are in perfect working condition.

Proper Loading Ramp Installation

One of the most important parts of ensuring that your loading ramp is working as it should is to make sure that your ramp is properly secured to the truck before loading or unloading any freight. Securing the ramp to the truck makes a big difference in terms of safety, and is fairly simple and straightforward process. In order to secure your ramp to the truck, you can use a chain, hook, or safety straps to make sure that everything will stay in place. You should also make sure that the incline of the ramp is as low as possible because this will allow easier access into the truck, while also assuring that less throttle is needed for loading mechanical vehicles.

Loading ramp installation and maintenance tips

The Importance of Loading Ramp Maintenance

Properly maintaining your loading ramp will not only increase its lifespan but it will also help ensure that your employees are being provided with the safest possible working conditions. Even though we build our loading ramps to the best of today’s safety standards, we understand that it is still important to perform regular maintenance to ensure that the loading ramps safety is not compromised. Some of the regular maintenance that you should perform on your loading ramp includes:

  • Cleaning – while some loading ramps utilize bar grate decking to allow for debris to fall through the ramp, large material, such as cardboard chunks, can remain on the loading ramp surface, making it slippery. Before using your loading ramp, you should make sure to pick up or sweep away anything that could get in the way. Especially for wood deck ramps, which should be swept at least once a week.
  • Lubricating – applying proper lubrication, such as grease, to the adjustable legs can help you lift and lower your loading ramp with little effort.
  • Tire pressure – if you are using a mobile loading ramp, you should check the tire pressure regularly. Moving the loading ramp when the tires are deflated can be difficult and may cause damage to the wheel well.

If you would like to learn more loading ramp installation and maintenance tips, or if you are interested in one of our products, please contact Dura-Ramp at 604-795-9799 or by filling out a contact on our website for a free quote.

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