Loading docks are constantly busy and are at an increased risk for accidents, injury or worse. As the equipment got better, faster and heavier so too has the danger of working on a loading dock. Approximately 25% of all reported warehouse injuries occur on the loading dock, and for each accident, there are hundreds of near misses. The good news is that many accidents are preventable with proper safety protocols in place.
Before implementing a system here are some best practices for loading dock safety:
Make sure all employees are aware of risks, hazards, and best practices, require them to take a short course where they learn the appropriate protocols and guidelines for working on a loading dock.
Protecting Open Docks
Dock barrier systems and dock shelters can reduce the risks posed by an open dock.
A common hazard is slipping or tripping due to weather, spillage, or debris left on the floor. Cleaning the area on a regular schedule will decrease the amount of slips, trips, and falls.
Having a communication system that offers a quick visual read to drivers and your employees will help ensure that everyone operating safely together.
OSHA trained and authorized employees are the only people who can operate heavy machinery. This not only makes sure everybody is safe, but also abides by the law.
With so much at stake, it is important to do everything you can to ensure safety at the loading dock. If you have any questions, ideas, issues, or are just needing more information on dock and products or services contact us.