Did you know that around 25% of warehouse worker injuries happen on the loading dock? It’s a busy area, with objects of all sizes being lifted and moved as they’re loaded onto waiting trucks.
Time is of the essence, workers are moving quickly, and this increases the risk of injury. That’s why it’s paramount to implement safety measures that keep everyone safe. In this post, we share 4 tips to avoid issues on the loading dock.
Workers are navigating busy areas with heavy machinery, such as forklifts. This can create a dangerous situation, as people try to walk around moving machinery on the loading dock.
Enhance safety by using tape to create pathways that guide the flow of foot traffic throughout the area. Pinpoint the specific spots that distribution workers should avoid to steer clear of machinery.
Padding is another essential besides tape that can prevent easy injuries from occurring. There are lots of sharp corners around loading dock areas, but padding can be used to cover the corners and create a buffer that protects skin from getting snagged and cut.
One of the easiest ways to remove injury risks on the loading dock is to ensure the entire area is kept clean.
Weather, especially rain, can make the loading dock area slippery, plus dust, objects, and materials often fall onto pathways, creating a tripping hazard,
Make brooms and mops easily accessible and designate cleaning duties throughout the day to ensure the floor is always clear of debris and liquid.
Do you have a safety protocol in place? If not, this should be one of the first things you do, complete with weekly training to go over the procedures with workers.
Talk about injury prevention and what to do in case of an emergency. Don’t forget to cover safe machinery handling, especially with locking devices.
It’s not uncommon for trucks to come unhitched from the loading dock due to faulty locking, resulting in serious injuries. Train workers on the importance of checking and double checking locks.