7 Dock Loading Hazards: Dangerous Things Around Docks

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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 result in a fatality. It is important to be proactive in identifying potential hazards in the loading dock area.

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 leveler.
• Congestion and traffic – forklift-related injuries and accidents in a warehouse facility oftentimes result to damaged facilities. It also poses a health and safety hazard to employees.
• Inadequate lighting – a dark environment is very prone to accidents, this also include blind corners and intersection lightings
• Uneven surfaces – this can cause pedestrian slips and falls including forklift turnovers which can result to 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 it is 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 and safety representative or the joint health and safety committee.