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Training Truckers for Unloading

Proper training for everyone in the unloading process at loading docks is crucial to avoid the risk of serious injuries or fatalities during the process. Truck drivers need to be aware of their role in ensuring that the loading dock area is safe. The facility safety officer is responsible for making sure that loading dock workers, including forklift operators, are properly trained to unload trucks safely. The safety officer is also responsible for the installation of loading dock safety equipment that meets or exceeds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) standards. Additionally, the facility safety officer will notate areas – known as danger zones and safe zones – within the warehouse and around the loading dock area that are...

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Know Your Dock Hazards: Top Three Loading Dock Dangers

  Loading docks can be highly efficient hubs of activity with thousands of containers of varying sizes and weights being loaded, unloaded, and moved around all day long. When something goes wrong in that well-ordered chain of events, workers can be seriously injured or killed. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that common injuries involving lift trucks (also known as forklifts) include those from a truck falling between an unsecured trailer and a loading dock, and from a forklift accidentally driving off the edge of a loading dock. A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report states that 27 percent of non-fatal workplace injuries in 2015 were due to slipping, falling, or tripping. Many of these 309,060 cases...

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Loading Dock Maintenance Checklist

Loading docks are the gateway into and out of facilities, making their smooth and uninterrupted operation critical to both productivity and profitability. However, many loading docks and their equipment are not routinely maintained, serviced, and updated, resulting in frequent equipment breakdowns and failures and aging equipment that can no longer keep up with the demands of moving products in and out of facilities swiftly, effectively, and efficiently. Having a loading dock maintenance checklist and executing it through inspection on a regular schedule can save facilities money and time, because it can help identify equipment that needs to be serviced, repaired, or replaced before an equipment failure creates a crisis. Even though the initial investment in updated equipment, in some cases,...

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How Energy Efficiency at Loading Docks Impacts Your Operations' Bottom Line

Loading docks are the hubs of warehouses and, as such, can have a significant effect on how profitable facilities are. If operations costs are high, then profits will be lower. Operations costs can be managed, and profits improved, by being as energy-efficient as is possible in loading dock areas. By using technological advances in warehousing management and installing energy-efficient equipment in loading dock areas, facilities not only see increases in productivity and higher profit margins, but they also have a positive impact on the environment.  It's a win-win for everyone. To increase energy efficiency in loading dock areas, there are several simple things that will get positive results in operations costs almost immediately. Many utility companies offer warehousing and manufacturing...

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Will Self-Driving Trucks Really Change the Transport Industry?

It has been suggested that the transport industry will be completely transformed by self-driving trucks. Not all the news is excellent, however, with some transportation analyses suggesting that there will no longer be any need for truck drivers and the trucking industry as it exists today will become obsolete. The reality, however, based on a plethora of data, suggests that truck drivers and self-driving trucks will work together to transform the transport industry positively, and the need for truck drivers will increase as self-driving trucks come onto the scene, for a variety of reasons.   Increased Demand  First, self-driving trucks are not capable of – nor will they be for the foreseeable future – doing dock-to-dock runs. Self-driving trucks are...

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