Liftgate Service: what is it, and do you need it?

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If you are ordering a heavy load for your business, you will need to consider how it will be delivered. Usually, heavy equipment is shipped on a pallet and arrives on either an FTL (full-truckload) or LTL (less-than-truckload). If your facility has access to a loading dock, then you're set. However, what happens if you don't have access to a loading dock? How will you get the products off the truck? Considering a liftgate service could be your best option.

What is a Liftgate service?

A liftgate is a fold-away metal platform mounted to a truck. A liftgate operates with a simple relay switch that helps move freight from ground level to the truck bed and vice versa.

When should you use a liftgate service?

Liftgate service is necessary when your facility doesn't have access to a shipping bay or loading dock. In most cases, construction sites and residential deliveries will need a liftgate service added since they will have no way to unload the freight.

Benefits to using a liftgate service?

It is beneficial to have a liftgate service when the freight is extremely heavy. With heavy shipments, businesses risk injuring employees due to overexerting themselves or using improper lifting techniques. As a result, a liftgate can help minimize the risk of employees getting injured.

A liftgate also helps prevent damage to the freight because it decreases the chance of the freight falling from the truck bed. If any freight gets damaged when unloading, you must pay for the delivery and reorder the shipment. With a liftgate service, you can eliminate the chances of damaged freight.

Although some items can be loaded and unloaded with sufficient staffing, why create the extra burden when a liftgate can make the whole process smoother? A liftgate service added will decrease the staffing and ultimately save your company money in the long run.

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When it comes to ordering and shipping goods, there are a lot of worries and concerns. Don't let adding a liftgate service be one of them. Get a quote today and let PLS help you arrange your freight shipping of any type and volume!

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