In today’s commercial workplace, facilities need to make sure that their loading dock areas are both efficient and safe. Ensuring that the loading dock is appropriately designed, and that dock equipment is adequately suited for loading and unloading can not only improve efficiency but also could prevent costly accidents and worker injuries down the road. The dock area is a vital hub of activity in many facilities, whether it is a factory, warehouse, plant, or other commercial space. Inefficient loading dock design, processes, and equipment can be very costly for the company. Proper dock design can improve essential loading dock area functions and enhance worker safety. Some safety problems can be attributed to the initial design of the dock area....
Loading docks are a key part of a facility’s infrastructure, especially for warehouses, manufacturing plants, industrial buildings, and distribution centers. The loading dock is a critical center for movement of materials, equipment, and products in and out of the facility. However, these areas often present serious safety concerns for employees. Severe injury accidents or even deaths can occur at busy loading docks if proper safety precautions are not taken. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety Council report that twenty-five percent of all industrial accidents happen at loading docks. Workers need to pay particular attention to what they are doing and always be aware of other employees that are present, especially during the operation of forklifts...
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