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Safety Ramps: Assets of the Loading Dock
The loading dock is one of the crucial parts of a company's operations. The loading and unloading of goods from the delivery trucks onto loading docks can get really busy and congested for businesses, making them spots where problems are likely to occur. Accidents and injuries can happen. A box that is being transported may suddenly fall off and crush a workers' foot. Products that are being unloaded on uneven ground may accidentally slip and get damaged, costing a company money. What businesses need are loading dock equipment that can safely aid workers in doing their daily tasks.
According to U.S. Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, one of the key responsibilities for any business owner is to ensure that all workers in the workplace have the best protection against accidental injuries. Providing the proper safety equipment lessens the chances of any workers experiencing an accident or injury. The biggest reason to prioritize dock safety is the potential gravity of injuries that can occur in the type of accidents in loading docks. Injuries can be sustained when lift trucks tip over or fall form docks, or when pedestrians are hit by a lift truck, falling load or tractor-trailer. Some of these injuries tend to be very serious and sometimes fatal. Proper equipment, proper training, enforcement and the use of safety equipment helps minimize these types of accidents.
Safety ramps are one of these equipment that can help minimize injuries and accidents in the workplace. Ramps are inclined planes that allow safe and efficient loading or unloading of goods to a trailer, truck or loading dock. They provide easy access to trucks in a location where there are no permanent access or docks available. These ramps are indispensable when you have something that needs to be transported and is too heavy to lift. Ramps used for loading and unloading goods are usually made from high density polyethylene. They also feature a non-slip surface that is very handy when these ramps are exposed to snow or rain.
There are several types of safety ramps available for specific needs and tasks. These include:
1. Portable dockplates. These ramps are use to bridge gaps between loading docks and truck bays. They provide a safe and ergonomic way for hand trucks or wheeled carts to move heavy loads over curbs or up steps with ease.
2. Curb ramps. These prevent back injuries by easing movement of deliveries over curbs and other difficult terrain. Used for light duty, this ramps offer an ergonomic design to reduce injuries. These are best used for two and four wheeled dollies and hand trucks.
3. Mobile yard ramps. These are easily moved form one location to another, making it best for warehouses with smaller docking areas.
Investing in the right safety ramp has a lot of advantages. It can improve the efficiency of the process of loading and unloading cargo. This will mean goods will arrive at their final destination on time and in the best possible condition, saving money for the company. It protects workers form accidents and injuries. Using ramps help minimize the cases of back injuries by avoiding the need for heavy lifting, saving the company money that would be spent on medical bills and reducing workers' compensation claims. Safety ramps, when used correctly, are actually assets to a company's productivity and growth.