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Part of Complete Loading Dock Safety Planning

As we approach the Industrial Truck Association’s National Forklift Safety Day, it is a good time to think in broad terms about loading dock safety.

Your company’s loading dock can be a busy place with a lot of distractions. It is also potentially one of the most dangerous – there is staggering statistical evidence confirming the dangers at the loading dock. OSHA statistics indicate that there are roughly 85 fatalities, 35,000 serious injuries, and 95,000 overall incidents involving a forklift each year, which lead to losses of $135 million in direct costs and another $650 million in indirect costs.

Having established procedures to help “control the chaos” is the starting point to create a safer work environment.  Procedures and methods can include writing and following a safe sequence of operation for forklift drivers and those entering the traffic zone, using motion-sensors, LED lights, and audible alarms to alert foot traffic.

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Does OSHA Require Fall Protection for Loading Docks?

loading dock safety railingOn a recent site visit, one of our clients asked if OSHA’s 1910 four foot rule applies to loading docks. The short answer is usually, yes.  Most loading docks are 48-52” tall, but we do see instances of docks a few inches shy of four feet–say 46”.  By strict letter of the law, a 46” dock does not require fall protection under the provisions of OSHA 1910.  That said, even docks coming in under 4 feet should utilize some sort of fall protection system…

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Do OSHA Regulations Require Fall Protection for 46″ Loading Docks?

loading dock safety railingOn a recent site visit, one of our clients asked if OSHA’s 1910 four foot rule applies to loading docks. The short answer is usually, yes.  Most loading docks are 48-52” tall, but we do see instances of docks a few inches shy of four feet–say 46”.  By strict letter of the law, a 46” dock does not require fall protection under the provisions of OSHA 1910.  That said, even docks coming in under 4 feet should utilize some sort of fall protection system and here is why…

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Loading Dock Rolling Safety Gate

The DFP loading dock rolling safety gate is an improved gate system with the pivot side anchored and the movable side fitted with a rolling wheel to eliminate lifting of the gate. It provides total accessibility to the dock opening.  A dock worker or delivery person can easily move this OSHA compliant gate for complete access to the overhead door and truck opening. When finished and ready to move, the gate is rolled to the locked and protected location.  The DFP loading dock safety gate provides cost effective protection to stop serious accidents.

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Did You Know?

That any fall protection system must be engineered for two times the applied load in the event of a fall?