Loading Dock Safety

Loading Dock Safety

Loading Dock Hazards

The loading dock is one of the highest traffic areas in any warehouse or distribution center. As the start and end point for all such operations, loading docks must be safe in order to be high functioning. There are many hazards present at the loading dock, for example:
  • Falling off the edge of the dock

  • Loads falling off edge of dock onto personnel below

  • Skidding or slipping due to environmental conditions

Loading Dock Safety Standards

While accidents such as these may not be common in a facility, it is still crucial for management to take action before an injury or damage occurs at the loading dock. An accident at the loading dock area creates an immediate double bottleneck for production, causing slowdowns on the front and back end. It is necessary to protect all personnel and product from the above-mentioned hazards by adhering to the stated OSHA regulations and recommendations.
  • Implement fall protection when dock door or other wall openings are elevated more than 4ft

  • Ensure that any wall barriers are able to withstand a load

  • If a dock door or other wall opening is elevated less than 4ft, it still must be clearly marked

    Consider using yellow markings, the universal safety warning color

  • Paint the edge of loading dock for improved visibility

  • Keep the working surface clean and clear

  • Maintain (and encourage personnel to maintain) a safe distance from the edge of the loading dock

Loading Dock Safety Inspections

It’s easy to overlook these safety standards when operations are running smoothly, but in just takes one accident to cause lost time injuries, damages to goods, and a production bottleneck. Safety at the loading dock puts the priority not only on employees but also on sustainable productivity. Don’t wait until it’s too late to implement safety regulations.

Loading docks and doors should be regularly inspected for safety compliance. In need of an inspection? Contact our Dock and Door team today. Our team of certified specialists provide complete dock and door safety audits with recommendations for improvements.



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