International Door & Operator Industry

MAY-JUN 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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Every company that utilizes warehouse operations as part of its daily business places an enormous emphasis on safety. Workplace safety is not just a principle of doing business, it's the law. In a warehouse there are literally hundreds of areas where safety actions need to be implemented. Nowhere is this more important than around commercial doors, fire doors, gates, and other important facility access systems. Around these areas, companies are protecting their main assets – their people, products, and equipment. The issues with docks, commercial doors, and other warehouse accesses center around the fact that these are heavily trafficked areas. Safety cannot be any more important for employees in these areas, especially loaders, unloaders, packers, fork truck drivers, and guests near the dock – you name it, they all need critical protection to avoid dangerous hazards. DOCK SAFETY The dock is almost the "king of the warehouse" when it comes to the amount of safety that is needed when you compare it to the amount of traffic that occurs at this location. But in many cases, simple safety plans are not implemented because some warehouse professionals believe too many materials near the dock makes it too busy and cluttered. This is very true, but it's not the dock safety equipment, it's the storage, excesses and other materials that build up near a dock and aren't necessarily removed and cleaned on a regular basis. These provide daily hazards to both employees on foot and those driving fork trucks. Following are a few tips that all companies, small or large, should be considering when focusing on dock safety. • Cleanliness: Keeping the area around the dock clean is extremely critical. From pallets and trash to tools and containers, these need to be away from the dock. Rags, towels, brooms, shovels, salt and other materials should be stored away from the dock. • Door Tracks: The tracks are some of the most used parts of the dock door, yet they are also the most vulnerable. Simple track guards can protect them from damage that comes more from the forks on a fork truck than from the truck itself. This is a simple protection step, but many ignore it and pay for it later. • Order Staging: Too many companies stage their orders right next to the dock. Fork truck drivers don't get any time advantage by having an order nearby. It doesn't take long to load an order and run it to the dock – what most companies find is that orders nearby end up getting ASSOCIATIONNEWS By Dan Gentile, "Save"ty Yellow Products Dock & Door Safety Column protectors stop damage from occurring when fork trucks back into a column when leaving the dock area, a common occurrence in warehouses. Simple door track protection keeps your dock active and working – but one bump from the fork truck or a pallet and the track damage will shut down production in this area. Lightweight lift-out gates are common and provide visibility so employees can avoid accidents. Fork truck accidents are extremely common especially at the dock area, providing a barrier with fall protection is the ultimate protection. The Importance of Dock & Door Safety in Warehouse Operations V O L U M E 5 1 I S S U E 3 J U N E 2 0 1 8 41 (continued on page 42)

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