The loading dock in a business is a high hazard area, with many different risks. With freight and powered equipment moving through the area, injuries can be significant, an easy way to reduce risk of injury is by providing employees with this loading dock safety training.
Loading dock injuries reviewed
- Every 3 days someone is killed in a forklift related accident at a loading dock.
- An additional 94,750 forklift related injuries are reported each year.
- $135,000,000 in immediate costs are incurred due to forklift accidents.
- 7% of forklift accidents occur when a lift truck is driven off a loading dock.
- 12% of all loading dock fatalities involving power equipment result from trailer/dock separation.
- 70% of all reported accidents could have been avoided with proper safety precautions
*nist.gov, “Performance Metrics for Intelligence Systems Workshop” 2009
Training employees to identify the hazards in a loading dock area, examples include:
- Inspecting loads received to make sure they are stable and undamaged
- Destroying damaged pallets
- Inspecting loads before movement to ensure proper shrink-wrapping or banding
- Securing dockplates or bridges
- Chocking trailer wheels before accessing a trailer
- Engaging locking devices before entering trailers
- Guarding dock edges when trailers are absent
This loading dock training will provide employees with the proper knowledge to identify risks and also the foundations of a quality loading dock safety program.
Requirements and Recommended Practices:
- Maintain a safe distance from the edge of loading dock.
- Watch out for tail swing.
- Keep working surfaces clear and clean.
- Paint the edges of the loading dock to improve visibility.
Do you have other Loading Dock Safety needs? I offer the following:
- Safety Policy Loading Dock
- Glad Hand Safety Training
- Safety Awareness Loading Dock
- Safety Checklist/Audit Loading Dock
This safety training can be conducted in a classroom training environment or as part of a quality self learning training program.