Out of the Trailer

Enforcing Rules for Semi-Truck Unloading

The majority of semi-truck drivers are paid by the mile or number of delivered loads. When their truck is sitting on a dock waiting to be unloaded, the driver’s schedule and paycheck can be affected. To put pressure on the dock crew, the driver may stand on the dock or back of the truck. The […]

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Forklift Safety for Ramps, Slopes and Inclines

A ramp, slope or incline is defined as an angle that exceeds 10%, or approximately one foot rise for every ten feet of ramp or incline. OSHA 1910.178(n)(7) addresses regulations for forklift ramps, slopes or inclines that must be followed any time a powered industrial truck is on a defined incline. OSHA Regulations for Ramps […]

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Dock Safety and Avoiding Trailer Creep

When a forklift is involved in an accident on a loading dock, the injuries are likely to be severe.  They may even result in the death of an operator or pedestrian. The motion of a forklift entering and exiting a trailer can cause separation between the trailer and the dock leveler. Known as trailer creep, […]

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Top Safety Concerns for Dock Equipment & Maintenance

The dock area, whether one dock or several, is an important part of daily warehouse production. Because it is exposed to heavy equipment, product and seasonal weather, scheduling dock maintenance helps keep your area in safe working condition. A top safety concern for the dock area is creating a secure environment for the forklift operator […]

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Safe-Lite Forklift Pedestrian Warning Spotlight

Which forklift option is currently trending? The Safe-Lite Forklift Pedestrian Warning Spotlight became a popular forklift “add on” during 2015 and its trend continues. Its main purpose is to avoid collisions between forklifts and pedestrians. By projecting a blue LED light 10-20 feet ahead of the forklift, pedestrians are alerted to nearby traffic. Forklifts and […]

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Lighting Requirements For Your Warehouse and Forklift Operation

Have your ever walked through a dark warehouse? It can be intimidating. That feeling occurs because the risk to your well-being is real. An electric forklift, which is designed to operate quietly, traveling at a high speed, may not be noticed … until it strikes you. OSHA Warehouse Lighting Requirements Per OSHA, companies are required […]

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Warehouse Dock Seals & Shelters

How can you prepare your warehouse loading dock for the winter season? Except for its cold temperatures, the winter season is unpredictable. With it comes wind, rain, snow, sleet and ice – all factors that increase risks of accidents during forklift operation. With the falling temperatures, more companies are installing dock seals and shelters to […]

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Forklift Floor and Operating Surfaces

Forklifts are called “heavy equipment” for good reason. An unloaded standard forklift at 5,000 lbs of rated lift capacity weighs 9,000 lbs. With a load, the forklift weight can increase to 14,000 lbs. Pressure on Floor Surfaces It’s not uncommon to see blacktop damaged by repeated forklift traffic. When carrying a maximum capacity load, a […]

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Dock Safety Hazards of Loading and Unloading Trailers

The act of loading and unloading a trailer forces the forklift operator to interact with another piece of equipment (trailer) and another human (truck driver), which increases safety risks and hazards. Dock Safety: Common Hazards Trucks and trailers can creep away from docks while loading and unloading due to the weight and force of the […]