The Ramp People use only the very best quality aluminium (type 6005A) when manufacturing our renowned range of vehicle loading ramps, van ramps, truck ramps and car ramps. This is a guarantee for solid, strong, safe and durable loading ramps. All production processes are certified by the TUV Rheinland Group in Germany according to Regulations DIN EN ISO 9001:2000. Furthermore all welding processes comply to EN ISO 15614-2 and EN ISO 15613 Regulations. In addition to this, every loading ramp is tested to a loading capacity which is double to the specified maximum load which is stamped along the side of each pair of ramps. This is equivalent to 200% or security coefficient=2. This is a further guarantee of safety and reliability.

TUV Rheinland Group is a provider of technical services worldwide. Founded in 1872 and headquartered in Cologne, Germany the Group employs more than 12,500 people in over 360 locations in 62 countries and generated annual revenues of over €1.1 billion in 2008. Furthermore all professional loading ramps, structures and customised engineering solutions provided by The Ramp People are built to the strictest ISO9001:2000 quality management systems.

Safety Guide

  • Our professional range of vehicle ramps, van ramps and truck ramps are all tested to 200% of the stated capacity. However this stated capacity or safe working load should never be exceeded
  • A 30% gradient should never be exceeded under ANY circumstances, if you are in any doubt about this please contact the team who will be happy to help
  • The foot of the ramp must be on even ground and supported correctly
  • Ramps should never be used unless they are connected correctly to the vehicle
  • If using a standard rest-on connection the entire terminal must be in contact with the bed of the vehicle
  • When using a a standard rest-on connection then either security pins or the security plate must be used
  • As steel is harder than aluminium steel tracks must never be used on aluminium ramps unless rubber coated ramps are being used or thick rubber matting is put down

Manual Handling Guide

Whilst purchasing a loading ramp will certainly make life much easier, here are few simple tips designed to prevent you or your staff getting injured whilst doing manual handling. This information is taken from the HSE document on manual handling

  • Think before lifting/handling. Plan the lift. Can handling aids such as loading ramps be used? Where is the load going to be placed? Will help be needed with the load? Remove obstructions such as discarded wrapping materials. For a long lift, consider resting the load midway on a table or bench to change grip
  • Keep the load close to the waist. Keep the load close to the body for as long as possible while lifting. Keep the heaviest side of the load next to the body. If a close approach to the load is not possible, try to slide it towards the body before attempting to lift it
  • Adopt a stable position. The feet should be apart with one leg slightly forward to maintain balance (alongside the load, if it is on the ground). The worker should be prepared to move their feet during the lift to maintain their stability. Avoid tight clothing or unsuitable footwear, which may make this difficult
  • Get a good hold. Where possible the load should be hugged as close aspossible to the body. This may be better than gripping it tightly with hands only
  • Start in a good posture. At the start of the lift, slight bending of the back, hipsand knees is preferable to fully flexing the back (stooping) or fully flexing the hips and knees (squatting)
  • Do not flex the back any further while lifting. This can happen if the legsbegin to straighten before starting to raise the load
  • Avoid twisting the back or leaning sideways, especially while the back isbent. Shoulders should be kept level and facing in the same direction as the hips. Turning by moving the feet is better than twisting and lifting at the same time
  • Keep the head up when handling. Look ahead, not down at the load, onceit has been held securely
  • Move smoothly. The load should not be jerked or snatched as this can makeit harder to keep control and can increase the risk of injury
  • Do not lift or handle more than can be easily managed. There is a difference between what people can lift and what they can safely lift. If in doubt, seek advice or get help
  • Put down, then adjust. If precise positioning of the load is necessary, put it down first, then slide it into the desired position