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Auto Release Hold Downs Save You Money

  One of the reasons I am proud to distribute Multi-Fab parts is their innovations in the loading dock leveler industry.  I want to draw your attention to the Auto Release mechanisms they engineered for hold-downs.  Air-suspension trailers can cause a lot of wear and tear and damage on loading dock levelers because they move continuously while the trailer is being loaded or unloaded. The most common part of dock levelers that is damaged is the hold-downs, which are specifically designed to prevent trailer pop-ups. The Multi-Fab AR Hold-Down is a high-quality, durable hold-down which has a patented auto-release feature that gives the hold-down a longer life by automatically adjusting to the trailer movements so that excess stress on the dock leveler is alleviated. The...

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Loading Dock Separation Accidents: How They Happen

   A loading dock separation accident is one in which a truck moves away from the dock while a forklift operator is unloading or loading the truck. Loading dock separation accidents can cause serious, long-term injuries or, even worse, fatalities for forklift operators. There are four extremely common kinds of loading dock separation accidents that can happen, but preventative safety measures can minimize the risk of them happening in your facility.   Early Departure (Aggressive Pullout) The first common type of loading dock separation accidents is an early departure, also known as an aggressive pullout. This happens when the driver of a truck that is not secured to the loading dock leaves the dock while a forklift operator is in...

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OSHA Standards and Warehouse Safety: A Closer Look

 It is critical for facilities to ensure that they are meticulously following the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards in their warehouses because employee safety is paramount to successfully running a warehouse. OSHA inspections are not scheduled, so they can happen at any time. The federal arm of OSHA inspects about 40,000 facilities a year. 26 state OSHA organizations inspect another 60,000 facilities annually. The dollar cost of citations for violating OSHA standards can be up to $7,000 for violations that are not serious, but if re-inspections show the same violations, the cost can be up to $70,000. However, the cost of OSHA fines should not be the primary motivation for keeping your warehouse in compliance with OSHA standards....

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Hydraulic Dock Levelers vs. Mechanical Dock Levelers

The widespread adoption of loading dock levelers has helped expedite loading and unloading and have made this essential part of the transport process much safer for facilities of all sizes in all industries. A loading dock leveler is essentially a bridge that creates a level surface between trucks and the facility. This makes moving products or materials in and out of a facility safer and faster, and it minimizes the possibility of damaging those items in the process.There are many different kinds of dock levelers on the market and choosing the correct one for your facility requires some planning. With new types of truck designs, a myriad of varieties of goods and products, and attention to both safety and speed...

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What is a Loading Dock Leveler?

What is a Loading Dock Leveler? If you are considering purchasing a loading dock leveler for your facility, it is essential first to consider its purpose. Because loading docks are the connection point between the facility and transport vehicles (which sit at unequal heights), loading dock levelers bridge the gap and create a passable section between the truck and the warehouse or dock floor. Loading dock levelers are usually mounted to the dock face or will be recessed into a pit at the dock door. Choosing the right loading dock leveler is critical to maintaining the proper transfer of materials in and out of your facility. Selecting the right loading dock leveler will result in less damage to products and...

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