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Preventative Dock Maintenance

Photo by mescon / CC BY For many busier facilities, preventative dock maintenance may seem like a nice idea but is still a measure that can be difficult to work into an already busy schedule. Nonetheless, all business owners need to understand that preventative dock maintenance can offer a number of advantages that can help a business be more productive and also reduce significant costs. Some of the benefits of developing a preventative dock maintenance program can include: Reduce Asset Costs — When you are looking at your assets, the purchase price reflects only one aspect of the costs you incur. You also need to keep in mind the operating and maintenance costs of those assets. When you develop a preventative dock...

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Safety Tips for Warehouse Vehicles

  Vehicle safety is essential in helping prevent injuries in the warehouse. Each year, thousands of injuries related to forklifts and other warehouse vehicles occur in warehouses throughout the United States. Many times, workers are injured when forklifts fall between docks and an unsecured trailer, forklifts are accidentally driven off loading docks, a forklift strikes them, or they fall while on elevated pallets. Many accidents also involve property damage, including damage to racking, pipes, walls, overhead sprinklers, and machinery. Unfortunately, the majority of injuries and property damage can be attributed to lack of safe operating procedures, lack of safety rule enforcement, and inadequate training. Here are tips you should know to maintain vehicle safety in your warehouse: Make sure workers observe...

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Reporting Loading Dock Injuries: An Employer’s Guide

  While loading docks may not get as much attention for their dangers and safety hazards as construction sites do, they are without a doubt the location for many accidents, serious injuries, and even deaths. In fact, 25% of all industrial accidents occur at loading docks, according to the trade publication Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN). And for each injury that occurs in a loading dock, there are hundreds of close calls. In 2017, at least 14 people were seriously injured from loading dock accidents, nine of which were fatalities, according to ISHN. The sad reality is that accidents can and will happen. As a loading dock employer, you may have the misfortune of one of your workers being...

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Why Your Warehouse Should Be Adaptable

With the exploding popularity of e-commerce and the proliferation of on-demand delivery services in recent years, “adaptability” has become a buzzword in the warehouse and storage industry. So, what exactly does it mean to be adaptable? Adaptable warehouses are dynamic and ever-evolving. They can handle customer demands and the arrival of a large number of new items. For instance, when a new product sells much better than expected, an adaptable warehouse will be able to change their business needs, rather than merely react to individual orders.   Changing the Delivery Landscape  Adaptable warehouses stay flexible to where they’re able to rise to a shift in customer demand, whether it’s sudden and drastic or happens gradually over time. They’re ready to...

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Wheel Chocking Procedures

Chocking, also known as blocking, is a procedure in which chocks — wedges made of dense material — are placed against a truck or trailer’s tires to prevent accidental movement. The bottom of the chock may be coated or textured to grip the ground better. During loading and unloading, wheel chocks prevent a truck and trailer from rolling or moving unintentionally. Without the protection of chocks, the vehicle could move and cause severe injury or death. It is crucial to chock your wheels at loading docks to prevent a dangerous gap between your trailer and the dock from developing, an area which a forklift may have to drive over many times. Proper Chocking Methods Be prepared to chock your truck...

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