Safety Trainer, Howard Schwenzer has some tips on how to ensure the safest practices for forklift use on loading docks.
SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR FORKLIFT USE ON LOADING DOCKS
Loading dock fatalities and serious injuries occur when there is unwanted separation between the trailer or truck being loaded or unloaded and the loading dock. Forklift operators are often victims of these incidents when their vehicles fall into the resultant gaps or are driven out of open trailers. In such cases, operators are subject to crushing injuries if the unit overturns during the fall or if it collides with the dock apron.
What is an Air Door/Curtain?
An air door, also called an air curtain, employs a controlled stream of air aimed across an opening to create an air seal. This seal separates different environments, while allowing a smooth, unhindered flow of traffic and unobstructed vision through the opening.