Copperloy Heavy Duty Ramps
The quality of dock equipment has an immense effect on overall efficiency and safety. Heavy duty ramps need to be capable of withstanding extreme levels of stress and pressure during the average workday. With Copperloy, heavy duty ramps function with ease under this stress. Safety, functionality, and versatility are staples of Copperloy products, and they have been improving upon their products for sixty years. Copperloy engineers their ramps to be incredibly durable. Their heavy duty ramps can easily support forklifts and offer immense weight capacities. Furthermore, Copperloy heavy duty ramps also come with features to improve forklift accessibility. Other ramps are much less efficient for forklift use and are less safe relative to Copperloy products. With Copperloy, loading and unloading is a much more efficient process.
Why Choose Copperloy’s Heavy Duty Ramps?
Copperloy designs its heavy duty ramps to maximize space, efficiency, and safety. Today, Copperloy ramps are among the best in the country, offering unparalleled versatility and adaptability. The following is a list of features unique to Copperloy heavy duty ramps:
- Less wear and tear – Rotation is centered on the positioning sleeve instead of the ramp connection, which decreases wear over time.
- Greater stability – A centrally-located cylinder significantly increases stability and lowers the probability of tipping.
- Easier operation – Forklift accessibility and exterior hand pump features make Copperloy ramps much safer and easier to operate.
- Faster raise times – Copperloy ramps raise 2.5 times faster than competitor products.
Copperloy also offers portable heavy duty ramps that can turn empty spaces into freight-loading centers. The ability to increase dock capacity with such ease sets Copperloy products apart from other ramps. Furthermore, Copperloy ramps can also create ground-level access to buildings, rail cars, and trucks.
Heavy Duty Ramp Safety Tips
Copperloy designs their heavy duty ramps to be incredibly safe; however, one must always be cautious when working with heavy machinery. The following is a list of helpful tips suggested by Copperloy:
Check Equipment Capacities – Copperloy ramps may be engineered to be incredibly strong, but they all still have prescribed weight limits. Make sure you are aware of your ramps weight capacity!
Use Wheel Chocks – Copperloy also offers repair parts and dock equipment accessories. These accessories can be combined with other Copperloy equipment to further enhance utility. One of Copperloy’s leading accessory products is their aluminum wheel chocks. It is important to use these whenever they are applicable. By providing protection sudden shifting, Copperloy’s aluminum wheel chocks can prevent dangerous movement of ramps, trucks, and trailers.
Operate on a Level Surface – The ground below the yard ramp should be level to ensure maximum stability. Concrete and pavement are best for operating heavy duty ramps.
Check Ramp Connection – Ensure that the lip of the ramp is securely connected to the dock or truck, and use safety chains if the situation calls for them.
Move at Safe Speeds – 5 mph is the max speed when using the tow bar! The positioning sleeve is only designed to re-position the ramp. These ramps are not meant to travel long distances at high speeds.
Check Ramp Conditions – Always be sure to check for signs of rusting or other instances of wear and damage such as cracks. For Copperloy’s hydraulic ramps, keep an eye on the hydraulic fluid level to ensure safe operation. Visit https://copperloy.com/ today to learn more.
Ramp Safety is Copperloy’s Top Priority
OSHA Guidelines for Forklift Use Yard Ramps and Warehouse Loading Dock Ramps
OSHA’s guidelines for forklift 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 forklift 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|
Contact Copperloy to learn more about ramp safety and alignment with OSHA guidelines.