Too often loading dock safety is not a top priority until after an accident – an unexpected forklift roll-off, an accident resulting in building or product damage or even worse, employee injury. The best solution for loading dock safety is to be proactive; anticipate any safety problems that could occur and put the right solutions in place to avoid these accidents. But, what happens if your loading dock is already built? It is never too late to improve your loading dock safety practices to help ensure building integrity, employee safety, and product safety. Here are some solutions that can help increase safety at your loading dock/bay.
Regular Planned Maintenance
Dock bumpers, lights, communication packages, and other loading dock accessories should also be inspected and inventoried during planned maintenance, or two-three times a year as wheel chocks are often swept away in winter months by snowplows.
Keep Environment Dry
Use Loading Dock Safety Technology
- Dock Barriers: Add safety and security and protect employees and goods from loading dock accidents. In addition, OSHA has requirements for loading docks, indoor docks, and any other in-plant areas that have unprotected sides or edges that are 4 feet or higher. These new requirements are designed to keep people safe and to prevent loading dock accidents and the right dock barrier can help you meet OSHA requirements.
- Dock-lip Barrier: Consider investing in a dock-lip barrier (DLB), they protect against accidental forklift roll-off when the overhead door is open and no trailer is stationed at the dock.