The loading dock can be a dangerous place – this is a fact. If you search Google for “loading dock accident” there are always recent articles about people who have been hurt or even killed, lawsuits that have been filed, and companies that have been ordered to pay large fines as a result of their negligence.

On average, loading docks see workers and product cross their thresholds 100,000 times per year. Given that loading docks are filled with heavy, mobile equipment and manned by a variety of people with different levels of training and competence, it’s inevitable that there will be accidents. In fact, every year there are approximately 62,000 forklift accidents that result in 35,000 serious injuries. Fortunately, a spectrum of equipment is available to help prevent those accidents. Today we will be talking about how gates and barriers prevent accidents and increase safety at the loading dock.

Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. We requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in long shoring operations.

These may seem like simple solutions, but their purpose is to keep employees and workers away from places where falling is a danger. Gates and barriers do exactly that. Each of these products is designed to be easily operated and to take an impact in the place of a worker. Adding them to your company’s workspace will automatically make it a safer place. If you would like to discuss your options for safety equipment, call Dor and Dok Systems today. Our goal is to make loading docks in USA safer and better.

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