Executive Briefings

Your Loading Dock Is Indispensable, But The Reality Is That It Can Be Dangerous

Looking at safety statistics, it's easy to conclude that the loading dock is one of the most hazardous areas of your operations. A quarter of all accidents occur there. The majority of these accidents result in the dreaded back injury that, according to OHSA, ultimately ends up costing U.S. companies upwards of $80bn dollars annually.

With staggering numbers like these, not even the largest and safest companies doubt that the loading dock is potentially dangerous. However, by taking steps to address these top areas of concern, it can be safer.

With a height above the driveway of more than four feet, open and unprotected dock doorways can be an accident waiting to happen. Equipment and signage that warns employees of danger ahead can help them avoid driving off the dock in a forklift or stepping too far and falling. In the past, chains or thin weak metal were used to "prevent" falls"”hardly an effective means of stopping five tons of fork lift.

Of course the best way to prevent driving or falling off the dock is to keep the door closed. However, in situations where the door needs to be open (for ventilation in warmer climates, for example), there are a couple options that are effective safety measures.

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Keywords: supply chain risk management, warehouse injuries, dock management, logistics safety, logistics services, logistics & supply chain, warehouse management

With staggering numbers like these, not even the largest and safest companies doubt that the loading dock is potentially dangerous. However, by taking steps to address these top areas of concern, it can be safer.

With a height above the driveway of more than four feet, open and unprotected dock doorways can be an accident waiting to happen. Equipment and signage that warns employees of danger ahead can help them avoid driving off the dock in a forklift or stepping too far and falling. In the past, chains or thin weak metal were used to "prevent" falls"”hardly an effective means of stopping five tons of fork lift.

Of course the best way to prevent driving or falling off the dock is to keep the door closed. However, in situations where the door needs to be open (for ventilation in warmer climates, for example), there are a couple options that are effective safety measures.

Read Full Article

Keywords: supply chain risk management, warehouse injuries, dock management, logistics safety, logistics services, logistics & supply chain, warehouse management