Making Your Workspace Safer With Commercial Loading Ramps

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Have you and your team been planning to add commercial loading ramps to your facility? Count on Copperloy by JH Industries for yard ramps, freight handling accessories and more. With this in mind, you can learn more about durable commercial loading ramps and more from Copperloy by JH Industries by visiting the company website.


Why choose Copperloy commercial truck ramps? Customers choose these durable ramps because they make facilities safer places to work. Copperloy manufactures yard ramps with an exclusive range of standard safety features.

Commercial loading ramps from Copperloy feature premier hydraulic pumps that ensure easy maintenance and raising. A Copperloy ramp also ensures ramp stability and easy forklift access with an 8-foot level off.

A low end plate allows a vehicle’s front wheels to keep contact with the deck while keeping rear wheels on the ground. Smooth side plates give reliable coverage of all working components while an optional towbar allows for both easy and safe movement of heavy duty loading ramps across short distances in a facility.

Copperloy’s exclusive 15-inch lip prevents ramp from moving away from a loading dock while 7-inch safety curbs keep accidental runoff to a minimum. High-strength steel deck grating lets precipitation and other debris to fall away from a ramp while providing a high-traction surface.


No matter your project goals and no matter your workspace layout, Copperloy by JH Industries can provide the material handling solution you need. Have you and your team been planning to invest in commercial loading ramps? Companies across a wide range of fields have turned to Copperloy by JH Industries for loading dock and freight handling equipment for more than five decades. Customers turn to Copperloy for yard ramps, custom steel fabrication and design, dock boards and plates, edge of dock levelers, and more.

To the experts from Copperloy, innovation is everything. To keep product quality high, Copperloy maintains the latest in both computer numerical control (CNC) and robotic technologies. Whether your project requires new or used equipment, you can count on Copperloy to help get the job done. Reach out to the Copperloy team today to learn about custom steel fabrication and design options and more.

The Copperloy by JH Industries team keeps workplace safety as its main focus. When you collaborate with the Copperloy by JH Industries team, you can make your facility a safer place to work. Visit the Copperloy by JH Industries company website to learn more.

Commercial Loading Ramps Safety is Copperloy’s Top Priority

OSHA Guidelines for Forklift Use Yard Ramps and Commercial Loading Ramps

OSHA’s guidelines for Commercial Loading Ramp safety are related to speed and maintaining a slow, controlled ascent or descent on the ramp. Specific requirements include:

  • 29 CFR 1926.451(e)(5)(ii)– “No ramp or walkway shall be inclined more than a slope of one vertical to three horizontal (20 degrees above the horizontal).”
  • 29 CFR 1910.178(n)(7)– “Grades shall be ascended or descended slowly.”
  • 29 CFR 1910.178(m)(6)– “A safe distance shall be maintained from the edge of ramps…”

The design of the Commercial Loading Ramps from Copperloy helps meet these requirements, keeping forklift operators safe.

The number of forklift fatalities by industry and type of accident:

Fatal Accident Type %   Where fatalities occur %
Crushed by vehicle tipping over 42%   Mining 1.2
Crushed between vehicle and a surface 25%   Construction 23.8
Crushed between two vehicles 11%   Manufacturing 42.5
Struck or run over by a forklift 10%   Transportation 11.0
Struck by falling material 8%   Wholesale trades 12.5
Fall from platform on the forks 4%   Retail trade 9.0

Choosing Commercial Loading Ramps That Comply With OSHA Requirements

Whether you need a yard ramp that can provide access to trucks in the shipping yard, or auxiliary mobile ramp for your loading dock, OSHA-compliance begins with picking the right heavy-duty, safest ramp for the job.

In light of the number of accidents on forklifts, OSHA estimates 85 fatal forklift accidents per year; 34,900 forklift accidents result in serious injury; and 61,800 are classified as non-serious. Copperloy takes ramp safety seriously in all the features of their yard ramp.  This data is supported by the Industrial Truck Association, who estimates there are about 855,900 forklifts in the U.S. Therefore, over 11% of all forklifts will be involved in some type of accident each year.

Contact Copperloy to learn more about ramp safety and alignment with OSHA guidelines.

Truck Ramp Rentals Safety Tips

While using your truck ramp rental, Copperloy is a resource you can count on.  With a goal to provide all the skills and tools for success while using their dock equipment.  Find quick tips below!


Know Equipment Capabilities

Made in the USA, Copperloy ramps are engineered for industrial use.  Though built with the high-strength metals, everything has limits.  Be sure not to exceed maximum load capacity.

Secure with Wheel Chocks

Standard ramp features mixed with dock equipment accessories are the recipe for loading task success.  Copperloy accessories include aluminum wheel chocks which prevent dangerous movement during loading.  Snug, maximum holding protects against involuntary movements from jolts and shifting.

Unload on a Level Surface

The ground below the ramp should be solid.  Ideally, unload on concrete or pavement.

Secure Ramp Connection

The lip of the ramp should be securely resting on the dock or truck.  Additionally, connect safety chains when needed.

Transport at Safe Speeds

Operators should not exceed 5mph when using the towbar.  Also, it is not intended for long-distance towing.  Additionally, the positioning sleeve is meant to adjust and reposition the ramp, not for towing.

Maintain and Inspect Ramp Conditions

Before use, check for signs of rust or damage.  For ramps that use hydraulic height adjustment, check hydraulic fluid levels.  Then, check the loading dock.   It is also important to regularly inspect for cracks, damage and more. Visit the Copperloy website to learn more.