The high level of activity at a loading dock area along with the presence of physical hazards can lead to serious worker injury and sometimes, a fatality. It is part and parcel of a robust Health & Safety plan to be proactive in identifying potential hazards:
We have identified 7 hazards on dock loading below:
• Trailer creep (also known as trailer walk, or dock walk)
This occurs when the lateral and vertical forces exerted each time a forklift truck enters and exits the trailer cause the trailer to slowly move away from the dock, resulting in separation from the dock leveller.
• Congestion and traffic
Too much traffic or inadequate planning can result in forklift accidents or worse, injury to employees.
• Inadequate lighting
A dark environment is very prone to accidents, this also includes blind corners and intersection lighting.
• Uneven surfaces
This can cause pedestrian slips and falls as well as forklift turnovers which can result in injuries.
• Equipment in poor working order
Forklifts make lifting and transporting of materials much easier but can also be very dangerous if not regularly inspected since a forklift is generally less stable than other vehicles
• Lack of safe working procedures
Plans should be implemented to alleviate risks and improve efficiency in the transport of goods.
• Hazards associated with lifting devices, trucks, rolling conveyors, doors and other moving equipment and parts.
Along with regular inspections by loading dock staff, the loading dock area should be included in regular workplace inspections by the health & safety representative or the joint health and safety committee.
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