How To Use The Trailer Ramps
When loading or unloading goods onto a trailer, access ramps may be required from time to time. Whilst being very useful, loading ramps can become very dangerous if the correct safety measures are not met. Below are some safety guidelines to follow that will ensure your trailer loading is conducted safely and correctly. If you have any other questions regarding the safe use of loading ramps, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Steel ramps are a great accessory when loading or unloading goods onto a trailer and can be used for many different tasks. Items that may require the use of loading ramps include: Tractors, ATV's, Sack Truck, Lawn Mowers, Motorbikes, Wheel barrows and Light Machinery.
There are many different makes and models of loading ramps available. Some come in separate pieces, some fold up and some are curved for added strength.
The longer the ramp, the lower the loading angle which helps to prevent items from bottoming out whilst loading and unloading from a trailer. The only disadvantages with longer ramps are that they are harder to store and transport.
Most ramps have a lip at one end that hooks over the bed of the trailer to make a flush connection for loading. The main safety point with the lip is that many are flat and do not prevent the ramps from moving backwards.
A common risk is when you drive down the ramps and apply brakes, the ramps can slip off the tray and drop to the ground potentially causing injury or damage.
It is important to ensure the ramps are always secured to the trailer using safety chains, rope or cam buckle like ratchet
To prevent trailers tipping or moving ensure that the towing vehicles vehicle hand brake is on and that the trailer is
securely connected to the towing vehicle via the trailer coupling and tow bar.
REMEMBER: If you attempt to load a trailer when it's not attached securely to a towing vehicle, it will tip and may cause injury or damage.
When loading drivable loads, always keep the driving wheels uphill when loading
(back up the ramps and drive down)
Before You Start:
- Check for loose bolts on the ramps and ensure overall serviceability.
- Secure the ramps to the trailer using suitable tie down straps.
- Apply the straps to a strong section of the ramps ensuring they will not disconnect for any reason what so ever.
- Apply the straps on the ramps in a spot where they will not disrupt the loading of items.
- Always check the rating of the ramps prior to use.
Never overload the ramps - Always check the rating of the ramps prior to use.
If in doubt, DON'T use them. Contact Adelaide Trailer Hire.