How Do I Know If My Forklift Ramp Is Safe?
Whether you currently have a forklift ramp at your facility, or you are looking to make an addition to your loading equipment, you know that safety is the top priority when it comes to ramps. Forklift ramps are used to create a platform for a forklift to travel up or down for loading purposes. Most major warehouses and manufacturers who process shipments have forklift ramps, or multiple, to run smooth operations.
But what if it’s your first time purchasing a forklift ramp? How do you know what’s safe, and what’s made cheap? Here are three important features to look for when shopping around for a safe forklift ramp.
#1 Find A High Traction Surface
The purpose of portable forklift ramps is to safely and securely transport materials via forklift. A forklift machine by itself weighs 3,000 lbs or more — and that’s not even accounting for the loads they carry. You need a stable surface on your forklift ramp that can manage extremely heavy loads and won’t grow oily or grimy overtime.
A great surface for forklift ramps is those that have open steel grating, because it allows for airflow and reduces excess moisture buildup. With a cleaner and more airy surface, you are less likely to have a slippery space that is not safe for forklift operators.
#2 Ramp Curbs
Having curbs on a forklift ramp is another key feature. Curbs help prevent accidental runoffs, which could be a serious problem if you have a heavy load. You’ll also want to look for level offs, which allow for easier operation and access.
When you choose Copperloy for your portable forklift ramp, you’ll benefit from both of these features. Copperloy forklift ramps have 6” safety curbs that are set in place to prevent runoff and other issues. This hollow-section design and box frame construction are also engineered to reduce the stress of heavier loads. With thousands of pounds of cargo traveling up and down the forklift ramp each day, having a design that reduces impact is extremely beneficial. Not only is this safer, but it means your forklift ramp will last longer due to less wear and tear.
Copperloy’s forklift ramps also come with an 8-foot level off. This allows for simple access as your employees travel on and off the ramp.
#3 Custom Options
Any reputable ramp manufacturer should allow you the chance to customize your forklift ramp the way you need it. How is this a safety feature? Having a customizable portable forklift ramp means that you have 100% security that the size and capacity of the ramp can handle your workloads. Every industry is different and has specified requirements for loading and unloading.
When you can customize elements like weight capacity and height range, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your employees are safe and your work operations will run smoothly.
Why Copperloy? | Portable Forklift Ramps
Copperloy is a leading manufacturer of forklift ramps, yard ramps, dock levelers, and other material handling equipment. Our ramps are engineered for safety, accuracy, and success, no matter the job or industry you’re in.
Copperloy’s products are American made and are crafted with the strongest materials. We understand the stresses of loading and unloading, and how durable the equipment you use needs to be. Without a reliable material handling solution, you don’t have the security you need to get the job done right. Choose Copperloy for your loading equipment needs.
Talk to our team today about a forklift ramp, or any of our material handling equipment.