Using Loading Ramps Safely

  • Written by News Company

There are a multitude of reasons why people need to use loading ramps. Heavy equipment or machinery will frequently need to be loaded onto a trailer for transportation between sites. Similarly, if you own ATVs or dirt bikes for recreational use you will likely want to be able to move them between locations. Whatever the reason might be, you will need to be making use of loading ramps and it is very important that you are doing so correctly. Any mis-handling could lead to quite extensive and expensive damage. Make note of the following whenever you are loading or unloading anything no matter the load.

Always Buy Quality

It’s never wise to try and cut costs when it comes to any load bearing equipment, particularly when the load it needs to support is not easily replaceable. Don’t even be tempted to try and use wooden ramps or boards instead. You need to get genuine equipment and so you should use Australian quality loading ramps constructed by a reputable supplier to ensure you are not putting your trailer, your load and yourself at risk. Skimping on quality here will be sure to come back to haunt you later down the line so start off properly and buy some high quality ramps, fit for their purpose.

Load Angle

It is advisable to keep the load angle to a minimum at all times. The greater the angle, the more stress that will be caused on the ramp itself. Not only this but the potential of slipping greatly increases. Ensure you are using any natural inclines to your advantage. Note that the length of the loading ramps you purchase will need to be appropriate to the height of the trailer and if they are too short they will not be set at the optimum angle of incline.

Get Help

Never try to load anything onto a trailer alone. Many people have regretted this decision. Get somebody to help with loading and unloading at all times. One person can be on the ground whilst the other is at the top of the ramp helping to pull the load up into place. Not only will you reduce the risk of any potential damage to your load but you will avoid unnecessary injuries. People often forget how easy it is to seriously damage your lower back area even with what are seemingly light loads. Besides, you will save a lot of time and effort in the process.

Secure Attachment

Check to see that your loading ramps are securely in position well before you use them. Read the instructions that detail how to attach the ramps and follow them to the letter. Also give them a quick eye test afterwards and test the weight on them gently before increasing the weight. Poorly designed ramps will be much less safe to use and inevitably increase the risk of accidents. When purchasing loading ramps take the time to find those which have well designed attachment points either incorporated into their design or easily attachable.

Lyst, the world’s biggest online fashion site

Everyone’s dressing as Eleven (or Barb) for Halloween Lyst, the world’s biggest online fashion site, is calling this year’s most popular costumes based on global search and sales data.   There’s still a month to go until Halloween, but the savviest shoppers are already sourcing their c...

Read more

Three services which are better online

With technology becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of life, we see more and more of our everyday activities finding their way online. Certain things you may still want to do face-to-face, the old fashioned way for that human touch–like seeing a doctor, or psychologist, but there are some act...

Read more

Navigating Cold Weather in a Campervan

Loads of people love the idea of cruising through the great outdoors with the family, but hitting the road in a campervan in frigid winter is a little daunting. However, there are plenty of pros to this mode of travel in conditions others would shy away from. Tasmania is regularly the place of cam...

Read more

Three Top Tips for Increasing Your Monthly Income

Living hand-to-mouth can be a real struggle. No matter how hard you work, or how much effort you put into impressing your bosses, your income simply doesn’t leave enough left over at the end of the month. Yes, you might earn enough to just about get by, but you don’t have the cash necessary to s...

Read more

How Technology Has Impacted the Currency Markets

Technology has fundamentally changed our world. This fact is inarguable, and it’s a reality that we can see everywhere that we look. In today’s society, everything from dating to keeping in touch with friends, shopping, booking gym classes, and even ordering prescriptions can be done online, neg...

Read more

5 things to consider when picking a realestate agent

A lot of people have made mistakes with the decision about which realestate agent to entrust with the sale of a property. In any realestate transaction, the cost of making a poor decision about which agent to use can be very painful to a bank balance. Anyone who is looking for realestate to buy, ei...

Read more

Healthy Food Partnership set to save plenty of Aussie lives

The Healthy Food Partnership – to have its inaugural meeting in Canberra today – has the potential to save thousands of lives by improving the health of Australia’s food supply, Heart Foundation spokesman, Rohan Greenland, said today.   The Healthy Food Partnership – convened by Rural Hea...

Read more

Christmas Cheer Can Last the Whole Year With NSW's Event Ticket Gift Guide

This Christmas, avoid the frenzy of last-minute Christmas shopping and give loved ones an unforgettable experience with tickets to one of the many blockbuster events taking place across Sydney and New South Wales. As Australia's home of sports, arts, culture and food and wine events, Sydney and reg...

Read more

News Company Media Core

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion