Using a Side Tipper Trailer: 6 Top Tips

12 April 2021
 Categories: Automotive, Blog


Side tipper trailers are large, heavy vehicles that transport construction goods. Operators must be vigilant about the risks and safety guidelines for side tipper trailers to avoid accidents on the job. This article provides some top safety tips.

1. Safe operation of loading ramps

Always ensure that the loading ramp is strong, straight, and free of obstructions. Wear thick gloves to avoid slippage when handling the large ramp. Always tie the ramp into place to keep it from sliding backwards while under load.

2. Safe operation of tip-back device

Ensure the tip-back device is tested regularly for proper functioning before use. Make sure that the angle of inclination is correct so that the trailer tips back safely and all the other conditions are met as per the manufacturer's specifications for tipping operations. The tipper should be serviced on a regular basis to keep it in good working order.

3. Use appropriate cargo-loading techniques

How you load the tipper will depend on the cargo you plan to carry. You should adapt your loading technique to each load. For example, if you are carrying sand or soil, you should have this piled up centrally in the back of the tipper bed. If you are transporting other items, it is a good idea to place them within boxes or cages so they can be easily stacked.

4. Lifting and loading

When a side tipper trailer is loaded, allow sufficient room for the trailer to be emptied by tipping or rolling it on its side. Do not overload it. Make sure that the load does not exceed the carrying capacity of the tow vehicle/trailer combination. Use a sturdy ramp or other means of support to support the load above the centre base line of the wheelset. Keep all cargo as close to centre as possible to balance the load. Adhere to the manufacturer's recommendations for tipping procedures and loads.

5. Wear personal protective equipment and gear

Ensure that all persons wear personal protective equipment (PPE) that is appropriate for the job. Always wear a hard hat, full face shield, and eye shield when performing work on top of a trailer while the tip-back or roll-back device is in operation.

6. Drive carefully

Never drive a vehicle or tow a trailer containing loose cargo, dirt, or other types of material which may be dislodged during transportation. The driver should always ensure that there is no loose material behind the rear axle before moving off. Drive slowly when approaching corners and other possible hazards to avoid jack-knifing.

For more advice, contact a local side tipper trailer provider.