Working in high-risk areas, such as a loading dock, can present a variety of hazards and safety issues for employees. In addition to always paying attention to what they’re doing, workers must always be aware of their surroundings, especially when working in an area with forklifts and other material-handling equipment.
The following safety tips can help keep workers safe when working on loading docks:
- Keep an eye out for hazards on the floor including oil, water, trash, and other items that pose a fall/trip risk.
- Make sure dock plates are in place – secure movable dock boards in position so that they won’t slip.
- Take measures to prevent falls such as walking (not running), not jumping on or off the dock, and wearing sturdy, non-skid shoes.
- Safely work with trucks and trailers by chocking wheels before loading/unloading.
- Use care when loading/unloading by properly using machinery and wearing appropriate PPE (when necessary).
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