hand cart ramp safety

Loading ramps: health & safety using hand carts

Last updated on October 18th, 2019 at 11:23 am

Most industries rely on hand carts for moving their products around a work site, as well as loading and unloading their stock from transit vehicles. However, when used incorrectly around kerbs, steps or uneven surfaces, these wheeled carts can cause accidents. Dragging hand trucks or trollies up stairs and over pavements can damage the items or even worse, injure an employee. 

To avoid health and safety hazards like these; it’s important to have the right equipment to prevent accidents for both your products and your employees throughout the working day. For this particular issue, our loading ramps offer the best solution in immediate safety. 

What do we mean by loading ramp?

Loading ramps are typically made from high quality metal or strong recycled rubber and plastic. All these materials have good qualities, the metal ramps come with non-slip surfaces and the rubber or plastic ramps will be lighter; so your purchase will depend on your individual requirements. 

Three of our main category of loading ramps for sale online are as follows;

Folding ramps:  Designed for ride-on equipment, and curved for better ground clearance, these feature a ‘rest-on’ angled foot connection that requires no modification to the vehicle.

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Kerb ramps: Choose between rubber or glass reinforced plastic, these ramps have a virtually unlimited loading capacity and can easily be moved and stored accordingly.

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Container ramps: Perfect for plant vehicles like a pallet truck or forklift, these ramps hook to the container’s doors or securely onto pavements to allow movement or unloading to continue safely. 

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What else can you do to be safe?

Securing the right access ramp isn’t the only thing you need to worry about to ensure safety for your hand carts – make sure your staff are using the right lifting techniques and know how to stack the products ergonomically to ensure an easier loading and unloading operation.

Be aware of the extra strength and weight accountability required when using ramps – more force will be required to push a hand cart up the ramp, and slow it down on the descent. Ensure that only those capable of managing the 

Damaged floors can still be a hazard even with adequate loading ramps. Ensure the working space is free from dust, oil or water that could affect the traction and control of the hand cart. 

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