Warehouse Loading Dock Safety Tips

At Dura-Ramp, we have been manufacturing custom loading solutions for warehouses and shipping facilities for over 20 years. We take warehouse loading dock safety seriously and ensure that all of our equipment is designed to comply with the highest safety standards. Each of our loading docks are built with various safety features applicable to each specific product. Some of these safety features include: serrated steel bar grate decking, safety chains and removable safety rails.

A safe warehouse requires a full commitment to safety compliance in addition to safe, secure loading dock equipment. For a safer warehouse, review our list of warehouse loading dock safety tips:

Keep all floors and surfaces clean, clear and dry

Warehouse floors and surfaces can create a hazardous work environment when not properly cared for. All floors should be kept clean, dry and clear of any materials or debris. If a spill occurs in the warehouse, it should be addressed, communicated and handled immediately in order to prevent slipping. It is important that all warehouse tools and equipment are properly stored and organized. If left lying around on the floor, they can quickly become a dangerous workplace hazard.

Practice proper loading and unloading procedures

Warehouse loading dock safety tipsWhen operating a loading dock, there are several best practices that should be followed in order to comply with warehouse loading dock safety. Each warehouse will have its own specific loading and unloading procedures; however, there are some general rules that apply to all warehouse loading docks.

Before handling any type of loading or unloading, warehouse employees should make sure that there is adequate lighting in the warehouse. In addition to lighting, all loading pathways should be clearly marked and visible. Employees should never try to lift heavy items by themselves. When lifting, it is critical that employees keep their back straight and lift with their legs.  All running, jumping and horseplay should be prohibited throughout warehouses at all times.

Proper clothing and equipment should be worn

All warehouse loading dock staff should wear the appropriate attire at all times. Some of these items may include: sturdy footwear, gloves, reflective clothing, hard hats, eye protection and hearing protection. Many warehouse accidents can be prevented by implementing mandatory warehouse safety clothing and equipment.

Complete ongoing equipment inspections and repairs

At Dura-Ramp, we design our loading dock products to be low-maintenance, with minimal cleaning and repairs. Even so, it is important that all warehouse equipment and tools are regularly inspected and repaired. Do not allow employees to operate damaged equipment that is in need of repairing. Ensure that all equipment inspections and repairs are scheduled, communicated and documented thoroughly.

Ensure that all staff are properly trained and educated

One of the biggest threats to warehouse loading dock safety is a lack of warehouse training and education among employees. All warehouse workers should be put through a complete, detailed training program before they are allowed access to loading dock equipment. Warehouse employees that have received the proper training and education are more likely to prevent workplace hazards and accidents from occurring.

If you would like to learn more about warehouse loading dock safety tips, please contact Dura-Ramp at 604-795-9799. At Dura-Ramp, we are the North American leader in custom loading solutions. For over 20 years, we have been manufacturing high-quality, portable loading docks for warehouses and shipping facilities. For a free quote on any of our loading ramp products or accessories, please fill out a form on our website.

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