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Loading Dock Planning and Design

  When you put careful planning and design into your facility’s loading docks, you are ensuring that you can efficiently and safely handle current traffic and accommodate increased traffic as your facility grows. Below are some essential considerations for facility owners, managers, and designers: Dock LocationSmaller facilities with less-frequent deliveries and shipments may be able to use a single loading dock for both functions. However, if your facility is bustling or if shipments often arrive at the same time deliveries must go out, then you should consider the loading dock arrangement that larger facilities must implement.From a logistical standpoint, there is an optimal flow-of-traffic pattern for medium-to-large facilities handling incoming materials and outgoing products. Trucks that are being unloaded should...

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Five Tools That Assist with Loading Dock Safety

 Safety must always be at the forefront of all loading dock activity. When the pace of traffic is hectic and the speed at which trucks get in and out impacts productivity and daily operations, safety can be compromised. When this happens, serious injury accidents could occur and the facility and vehicles could be damaged. To prevent this, proper safety tools should be installed. These tools should be accompanied by thorough employee training to prevent accidents in the loading dock area. When the correct safety tools are used, the risk of injuries, death, loss of equipment, loss of vehicles, and loss of products is minimized. This not only ensures a safe workplace, but also an optimal environment for maximum production, maximum...

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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 correct loading dock leveler will result in less damage to products and...

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OSHA Loading Dock Requirements

  Loading docks are busy hubs of activity for most warehouses, distribution centers, industrial buildings, and manufacturing facilities. Because these areas are heavily trafficked by vehicles and workers and because of the sheer size and weight of many of the products and materials that are being moved in and out of the facility, the dock area is also space where workplace injuries frequently occur. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that twenty-five percent of all warehouse injuries occur on loading docks. To help lower that number, OSHA has put specific requirements in place for loading dock safety, through 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.176 - Material Handling. These regulations include guidelines on the handling of mechanical equipment, secure...

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