Top Safety Elements Every Loading Dock Should Have
Loading docks are a workplace full of the hustle and bustle. It’s no secret that the heavy equipment involved in docking processes makes a dock one of the most dangerous places to work for employees.
Unfortunately, without Proper Safety Elements in place at a loading dock, accidents can happen that leave employees severely injured and set back the progress of your entire team.
What Accidents Can Occur at a Loading Dock?
The modern drive for immediate consumer demand leaves loading dock employees quickly operating dangerous machinery and constantly maneuvering around the site throughout the day.
It takes one mistake for a massive accident to happen. Some of the most common accidents that occur at a loading dock include the following:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Exposure to Hazardous Materials
- Falls From the Edge of the Dock
- Forklift Accidents
- Truck Accidents, and more!
How Can Managers Keep a Commercial Loading Dock Safe?
Aside from proper team training and signage reminding your employees of any safety hazards, several pieces of equipment can physically help make your commercial dock safer.
Here’s a closer look at some of the products we offer to our commercial and industrial clientele.
Truck and Wheel Restraints
Vehicle and wheel restraints both minimize the risks of working at a loading dock and improve its efficiency.
These Truck Wheel Restraints serve as a safety measure to keep the truck connected to the dock during loading or unloading, to prevent the driver from driving away with product still be moved on the truck.
As we’ve mentioned, rolling off of the dock in equipment like a forklift is a legitimate hazard of the working environment. By installing Impact Barriers to your loading docks, you can effectively prevent common loading dock accidents and protect:
Loading docks are generally loud working environments. Therefore, verbal communication isn’t always the easiest way to convey an important message.
Products like indicator lights, traffic lights, and maintenance lights all do their part in visually letting employees know where docking or maintenance activities occur.
Communication Lights help prevent bystander injuries, as well as accidental machine operation during maintenance services.
Reflect and Guide Stripes
It should always be visually apparent where your loading dock area is. Reflect and guide strips make your loading dock easy to spot, even in rough weather.
Reflect and Guide Stripes help protect your employees, the integrity of your loading dock, as well as the drivers delivering to your location. Let us help you ensure that every approach to your loading dock is as straightforward as possible.
Keep Your Loading Dock Safe and Efficient With the Help of Southern Dock Products
As a manager of a loading dock, employee safety should be your first priority. At Southern Dock Products, we provide services and equipment that help loading docks Exceed Their Safety Goals.
Our solutions help make your loading dock an efficient and safe operation from designs to installation and parts services. Contact us today to learn more about our services and product availability in your area.