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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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Loading Dock Maintenance Issues

It may be easy to take equipment for granted, but every piece of equipment needs routine maintenance to keep it functioning safely and efficiently. Maintaining your loading dock equipment will help increase the life of your equipment and keep your workers safe. An employee injury or an equipment failure can be devastating and can derail productivity.   Cleaning, inspecting, and adjusting your equipment are just some of the ways you can stay on top of equipment maintenance. Following is a list of loading dock maintenance issues that arise frequently: Dock Levelers A dock leveler plays a vital role in the setup of a loading dock, ensuring that the transition between the dock and the trailer is a smooth one. Over a...

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Food Safety at Loading Docks

Loading docks process thousands of containers each day and endure constant physical abuse in the areas where trucks take in and offload cargo. For most types of shipments, it doesn't matter if there's a perfect seal between the vehicle and the dock area. Food shipped in a refrigerator or freezer truck is another consideration entirely. This food cargo must be kept in a specific low-temperature range as it is moved from inside the truck to the loading dock, and then into a refrigerator or freezer in the building for storage or vice versa. Any exposure to warm air or contaminants along the way could cause bacteria to form, making the food unsafe to eat. It could also impact the food's...

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