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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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Different Types of Loading Docks

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....

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5 Keys to Loading Dock Safety

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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