Loading docks are a critical point in the materials handling process, and they also have the potential to be dangerous and even life-threatening if proper safety procedures aren’t followed.
Like most safety measures, a good dose of common sense goes a long way.
There are no shortage of potential accident spots on a loading dock, and a procedure or two that will keep your forklift operator, your other employees, and your forklift perfectly safe at all times.
Maybe the most obvious, the edge of the dock. Forklifts can fall off an empty dock if the operator is unaware of the location of the lift. Having a spotter can help prevent accidents like this.
Roll-a-ways cause plenty of accidents as well. Make sure locking devices- chocks and emergency brakes- are put into use anytime the forklift is stopped and the driver steps away.