Ramps for Heavy Plant Machinery

We offer a range of heavy-duty ramps designed to safely load large vehicles and plant machinery. These ramps have increased capacity to accommodate heavy loads and come in a range of sizes to fit various types of machinery.

Moving plant machinery around an industrial site or construction area can be dangerous if the risks are not managed effectively. This is particularly true for loading situations when machinery must be moved from one level to another. Whether you’re loading machinery vehicles on or off transportation vehicles or between multiple working levels, ensuring a safe ramp system is essential.

 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT RAMP FOR THE JOB

Using an unsuitable ramp can result in accidents and put your team and machinery at risk. Unsuitable ramps are usually either too small, too steep, have insufficient load rating or the wrong material for the wheel type.

To calculate your load capacity, combine the weight of your vehicle and the weight of an operator. Ramps are reinforced to withstand different loads and it’s vital yours can support your machinery safely. Never use a ramp which does not meet your load requirements.

The loading height, also known as bed height, is the vertical distance between the ground and the point that the ramp must reach. This measurement is required to determine your ramp length. For most ramps, the length required will be 3.5 x the loading height. Calculating the correct height for you ramp will ensure the ramp is not too steep.

Different tyre types require different ramp surfaces to ensure good grip. Check your tyre type as well as wheel width and select a ramp which can comfortably accommodate them.

A safe end connection is a crucial part of a vehicle ramp set up. Connections come in different designs to suit a number of situations. Check with one of the RAMPCO team if you are unsure.

 

SAFETY FIRST

Even with the right ramp for the job, there are a number of checks which should be carried out before use:

 

1 - CHECK RAMP IS SECURE

Make sure your ramp is attached securely: the safety of the load and the worker depend on it. An unsecured ramp can easily slip or collapse and pose a threat to workers and equipment.

2 - CHECK RAMP CONDITION

Check that all parts of the ramp are in good working order with no breaks, cracks or loose parts. Any defective ramps should be logged and taken out of service until repaired or replaced.

3 - CHECK CONDITIONS

Be aware that wet or icy weather conditions could make ramps more slippery than usual and may mean work should be postponed or additional measures taken to reduce the risks.

4 - BE AWARE OF ANY NEARBY EMPLOYEES

Check the whereabouts of any team members working nearby before and during manouvering of plant machinery. Any team members working around moving vehicles should wear high vis workwear.

5 - MOVE SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY

Manoeuvring equipment on a ramp is not a job to be rushed. Move steadily, making checks as you go. Usually, it’s safer to move forward rather than reversing equipment as it allows drivers to see more clearly. However, when moving uphill, powered wheels should go up the ramp first.

 

SELECTING YOUR RAMPS

Use our online selector to browse ramps with the right load capacity, size and wheel compatibility. Our wide range of ramps can cater for most vehicles, however if you have a custom requirements, please speak to our team to discuss.

Contact our team today on +44 (0) 1920 823940. We offer free advice and can also conduct free site surveys and installation when required. All our ramps are fully certified and tested to EU standards.