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Container Ramps Make Loading Easier

Wednesday, 5th August 2009
Ramps for shipping containers are necessary for loading because the interior floor height of a container is raised due to the under structure. To overcome this step many people opt for ramps fabricated from wood, plastic, steel or aluminium. The type or ramp you need very much depends upon the load it is intended to carry and whether it will be left in place when the container is grounded or moved in and out on a regular basis. If for example a small wheel or sack barrow will be used to load and unload fairly lightweight goods then a small timber or plastic ramp may suffice. However if you intend to drive a forklift inside your shipping container, loaded with heavy products, then a strengthened steel ramp may be required. Aluminium ramps can provide a fairly robust solution while remaining light. However the cost of the raw material is at the top end of the range and maintenance costs are also a factor to consider. Health and safety when using ramps also needs to be adhered to and ramps can be supplied in various non-slip materials. It is also possible to have ramps fabricated that facilitate the opening and closing of the container doors while still in place. Handles and wheels can also be fitted to make moving the ramp easier.

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