Did you know that around 20-25% of warehouse accidents happen in the loading bay? With the amount of traffic, heavy machinery, and shipments that come through, there’s a lot that can go wrong.

While safety is critical in all areas of the warehouse, you should be especially mindful when it comes to the loading bay. Things can go very wrong very quickly.

Here are a few things to remember when it comes to keeping your loading bay safe.

Communication is Key

Different teams (and often different companies) are operating simultaneously in the loading area. It’s important to make sure these different people are communicating with one another, from the drivers to the floor managers to those working the bay.

Make sure people are in the right place, that drivers know where to go, that dock workers know what to expect, and that everyone is on the same page. Don’t just expect workers to figure it. Communicate.

If it feels like you’re overcommunicating, you’re probably at the level you need to be.

Cleanliness and Upkeep

With unloading, opening of doors, and excess traffic, loading areas can quickly become a mess. More than being visually unappealing, a messy loading bay can pose a threat to safety. Dirt, debris, and spills can make surfaces slippery, cause workers to trip, etc.

Messes can also cover up safety markings.

Make sure your area is clean, and that signage and painted markings are clear and visible.

Establish a System

Big or small, every loading area should operate on an established system for delivering, pickup, storing, and organizing. Every worker should be aware of their responsibilities and accountability should be firmly established.

A warehouse or storage facility is no placed to make things up as you go.

Proper Equipment and Setup

The tools you use in your warehouse have a profound impact on its safety. Install proper lighting so the inside and outside are visible. Inspect forklifts, pallet jacks, overhead doors and other equipment. Make sure dock boards and dock ramps are easily accessible as needed.

And of course, make sure you have quality dock levelers installed. These will ensure a smooth transition from truck to your loading bay and back again.

For bay doors and dock levelers in Ohio, contact us here at Springfield Overhead Door. We’ll help keep your loading area safe and efficient.