Aluminum dock boards are ramps that connect dock floors to the back floors of truck trailers and offer a safe, efficient method of loading and unloading trucks. They feature safety curbs on either side of the ramp that prevent pallet jacks and hand trucks from rolling off the sides. Aluminum dockboards provide a lightweight, yet sturdy bridge between dock and truck and are manufactured in full compliance with all OSHA regulations. They are a necessity for every shipping and receiving department.
The size of the dockboard you will need will depend on the height differential between trailer and dock floor and the width and axle capacity of your forklift, pallet rack, hand truck, or platform truck. To save yourself a step, simply call an Easy Rack specialist and provide this information over the phone. We will help you calculate the size of the aluminum dockboard best suited to your needs.
Aluminum Dockboard with Welded Aluminum Curbs
These dockboards are engineered and built to maximize safety while handling heavy forklifts and loads. Locking legs prevent them from moving during loading and unloading operations. Welded aluminum safety curbs prevent accidental runoffs and provide visible driving lane. The locking legs are also uneven and allow the dockboard to sit canted while not in use. This also makes it easier for forklifts to pick it up. These dockboards are manufactured in compliance with OSHA. The bend measures 11° and 9" from the edge, and the legs are 12" from the edge.
Aluminum Dockboard with Steel Curbs
This dockboard is designed for maximum strength, safety, and portability. The deck is made of tough aluminum treadplate and features structural steel safety curbs with tapered ends. Beveled edges allow for smooth entry and exit, and the treadplate design ensures positive traction. Legs are 12” from the edge and are bolted to give the unit increased durability. Legs are also canted for fork truck portability.
Formed Aluminum Dockboards
The unique design of this unit features formed aluminum side curbs that combines the benefits of strength and lightweight portability. Treadplate design offers better traction, and side curbs are painted safety yellow. The formed aluminum dockboard features beveled entry and exit edges, with the usable width 7” less than the overall width. Aluminum legs are welded to the unit for OSHA compliance and lock in place while the unit is in use.
Aluminum Hand Truck Dockboard
This dockboards is lightweight and can be carried and placed in position by one person. Overall plate thickness of the dockboard measures only 3/16”. The welded aluminum, diamond tread surface, and beveled edges provide safe and smooth entry and exit. The bend is designed to keep ramp edges flush with the surface of the dock and with the dock floor. Each unit is equipped with bolted, locking legs. In order to decrease the chance of roll off, full length aluminum curbs line the sides of the unit. The aluminum hand truck dockboard features an 800 weight capacity and is intended to be used with two wheel hand trucks.