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Portable Truck Ramps

If your facility is in need of portable truck ramps, take a look at what Copperloy has to offer. Copperloy portable truck ramps have superior functionality relative to competing products. With your employee’s loading/unloading from trucks all day, the truck ramps in use need to be capable of handling the workload. Whether it’s split ramps or Copperloy’s famous yard ramps, these portable truck ramps are capable of accomplishing the process of loading/unloading much easier and safer. These ramps provide unparalleled longevity and reliability. All products proudly Made in the USA.

Twin Lock Ramps

Looking for a unique, versatile and convenient solution for all your loading/unloading needs. Copperloy has high quality, proudly American made equipment. For more than 60 years, Copperloy has been producing industry-leading aluminum twin lock ramps. These Light duty ramps have capacities of 6,000 lbs, while the heavy equipment loading ramps offer 7,500 lbs capacity. Both options come in three lengths:

  • 10 feet for heights from 20 to 28 inches
  • 12 feet for heights from 25 to 34 inches
  • 14 feet for heights from 29 to 40 inches

Split ramps offered in both light duty and heavy duty models. Light- duty has a capacity of 6,000 lbs, heavy-duty models raise the capacity to 7,500 lbs. All offer single widths of 19 inches, locked widths of 38 inches, and available lengths including 10, 12 and 14 feet. Height ranges vary by length and extend up to 40 inches.  Twin lock ramps include 15-degree grade angles, a 3-inch safety curb, 12-inch lip, shark tooth decking, and 2-inch maximum deflection underrated loads, all of which work together to ensure safe and smooth operation.

Yard Ramps

Copperloy’s engineering team revamped their yard ramp design employing a one-cylinder hydraulic system verse the two-cylinder. The noticeable difference uses less pressure to lift the ramp resulting in:

  • Easier operation – The hydraulic pump is on the outside of the ramp frame allowing for more convenient access. Requiring half the effort to operate. Furthermore, the hydraulic hand pump is protected from dirt and damage, simplifying maintenance.
  • Faster raise times – Position the ramp up to two and a half times faster than the average ramp.
  • Less wear and tear – Rotation occurs on the redesigned positioning sleeve instead of the ramp connection, reducing wear on the ramp structure.
  • Greater stability – Centrally located cylinder means less chance of tipping.
  • 8-Foot Level Off – This allows forklifts to access the ramp smoothly and easily. Driving onto loading docks, platforms, or trucks has never been easier with Copperloy truck ramps.
  • Low-End Plate including Safety Curbs –  For other truck ramps, forklift access can be a serious struggle. With Copperloy, each ramp has an end plate that is shorter than a fork lift’s wheelbase; thus, the forklift’s wheels can reach the ramp’s grating while its back wheels are firmly on the ground. The 7-inch safety curbs help to prevent runoff, which is standard with all Copperloy ramps. The combination of these aspects allows forklifts to easily drive on and off the ramp.

Copperloy’s hydraulic ramps are significantly safer and more efficient than other ramps, improving the overall process of loading/unloading. Furthermore, with improved stability, faster-raising speeds, simpler operation processes, Copperloy maintains its position as a leading provider of loading equipment with strength and stability. Copperloy ramps are also resistant to the usual wear and tear ramps commonly experience.

Find a Copperloy Distribution Center Near You

Additionally, with  Copperloy distribution center ‘s throughout the continental US finding the loading dock equipment you need is conveniently easy.  No matter the challenges, or specific needs of your industries loading and unloading situations Copperloy can supply a solution. Helping you to get the job done as quickly, efficiently and effectively as possible.

Copperloy Distribution Centers:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Visit https://copperloy.com/ today to learn more.

Yard Ramp Safety is Copperloy’s Top Priority

OSHA Guidelines for Forklift Use on Copperloy’s Yard Ramps

OSHA’s guidelines for yard ramp safety are related to speed and maintaining a slow, controlled ascent or descent on the yard 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 yard 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 Dock 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 design.  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.