5 Tips to Improve Your Loading Dock Safety and Efficiency

Loading dock managers are relentless workers. They strive to meet ever-growing productivity targets and minimize downtime, invest in new material handling equipment, and hire more personnel. Their crew adheres to an aggressive loading and unloading schedule.

While productivity is top of mind, safety at the loading dock is often an afterthought. Managers are pressed into cutting corners with safety and overlook hazardous situations. But that doesn't have to be the reality for your loading dock.

How Dock Levelers Drastically Improve Loading Dock Safety

When a truck backs up to your receiving area, it’s unlikely the trailer will be at the exact same height as your loading dock. That gap between the trailer and your warehouse floor is a prime location for injury and equipment damage. 

Dock levelers, also known as edge of dock levelers or pit levelers, bridge the gap (in height and distance) between the floor and the trailer for smooth and safe loading and unloading. Learn about the most popular types of dock levelers used in the Bay Area, Central and Northern California, so you can choose the best dock leveler for your facility.

4 Signs Your Loading Dock Isn’t As Safe As You Think

A loading dock is a fast-paced and dangerous environment. Around 25% of all reported warehouse injuries occur on loading docks. Hundreds of near-misses precede each hazard. Forklift accidents cost employers an average of $48,000 per injury and $1,390,000 per death, according to the National Safety Council.

As a manager, putting safety first should be your top priority. In this article, we will cover four common and often overlooked signs of a hazardous loading dock.

Industrial Floor Sweepers for Commercial Application and OSHA Compliance

An industrial sweeper helps your business save money,  improve customer satisfaction and stay within OSHA compliance. Sweepers come in a variety of sizes from quiet walk-behinds to large ride-on machines with a massive appetite for dust.

At TMHNC we carry sweepers for a variety of applications including:
  • Warehouse and distribution centers
  • Manufacturing
  • Parking lots and parking garages
  • Municipalities
  • Corporate and college campuses
  • Foundries and lumber yards
  • Cleaning contractors
  • Event and exhibition centers
In this article we’ll identify some of the most popular models for each application, and the best machines to aid with compliance of OSHA’s new silica dust standards.

Why Use Daily Safety Checklists?

Would you back out of a driveway without checking for obstacles behind you? Or fly with an airline where the flight crew used pre-flight checklists  “most of the time”? Of course not! 

Safety checklists may be about as fun as flossing, but they’re an important preventative measure to avoid injuries and fines. OSHA Regulation: 1910.178(q)(7) states:

When is a Clamp Release Interlock Required on a Forklift?

Here’s one from our Forklift FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) file:
Am I required to install a clamp interlock device on my forklift?

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