In most areas, the winter season brings new safety issues and methods of operation. If you have a loading ramp located in an outdoor area of your facility, it is important to know how to use it safely in order to avoid damaging property or injuring anyone in your operation. As manufacturers of premium loading ramps, we, at Dura-Ramp, know plenty of winter safety tips for using loading ramps to ensure that your property and employees are kept safe.
Between the increased darkness and slippery surfaces that come with wintertime, there are many safety concerns to consider. Some tips to keep in mind during winter to keep safe while operating loading equipment include:
Make sure that you have plenty of light anytime that you are operating a loading ramp. With more hours of darkness during winter, it can be easy to make a mistake that could have been avoided with better visibility. Make sure that any area with a loading ramp in it is well illuminated so that forklift drivers, truck drivers, and any other workers can clearly see the task at hand.
While most ramps from Dura-Ramp are able to be used in poor weather conditions like rain, snow, and ice can still cause problems if they build up. Too much snow or ice on a ramp can create a slippery surface, which can be a hazard for both forklifts and foot traffic. Make sure that a ramp is cleared of snow before being used. Use ice melt that will not deteriorate the ramp’s finish when preparing the ramp for harsh weather.
By keeping your ramp covered when not in use, you can keep it safe and dry at all times. This can help to keep it usable whenever you need it, and it can also help to extend the life of your ramp.
If you are interested in finding out more winter safety tips for using loading ramps, or if you would like to learn more about the services and products offered by Dura-Ramp, feel free to contact us by filling out a form on our website and we will get back to you as soon as we can.