Caution - Always use four people to push the server up or down a ramp.
Create a metal ramp long enough to cross small changes in elevation and strong enough to support the weight of the server.
Consult with your facilities manager to design and create a ramp with the following characteristics:
Strong enough to support the full weight of the server over the entire span of the ramp.
Be at least 36-in. (914-mm) wide, or as wide as the passageway.
Long enough to extend over the elevation and remain under the 5 degree (9% grade) maximum incline.
Designed to ensure that the server does not fall over the sides of the ramp (for example, add railings, stops, or bend the edges of the ramp upward 90 degrees).
Caution - Never use metal plates that contain tear drop or diamond patterns. These patterns can cause the casters to spin and make the server to move off course.
Avoid using wooden ramps, as they cannot support the weight of the server.
The casters can have difficulty rolling over ramps coated with sticky or rubberized surfaces. Use additional people to push the server up or down ramps with these surfaces.
Push or slow the server along the edges of the server.
Caution - Ensure that the server remains on the ramp. If a castor falls off a side of the ramp, the server can tip over and damage the equipment and cause serious physical injury.