The winter can be a dangerous time for those working around a loading dock. In fact, 15% of warehouse injuries and accidents come from slipping and falling around the loading dock.

Doors are constantly open, letting snow and freezing rain blow in. Workers’ shoes traction in water. Temperatures drop enough, and suddenly you have ice inside of your warehouse.

That’s why you need to be extra careful during the winter time. Here are a few tips to keep you, your employees, and your delivery drivers safe during the next few months.

Slip Resistant Shoes

Puddles and concrete don’t make for a safe combination. All it takes is one wrong step to send your feet into the air, and your back/head crashing to the ground. One of the best ways to avoid this is with slip resistant shoes.

That’s why many restaurants make their employees buy slip-resistant shoes. You may want to consider doing the same during the winter.

Proper Dock Lighting

A good snowfall makes things very hard to see. The last thing you want is the backend of a truck ramming into your dock leveler. Proper lighting is important at all times of the year, but it’s especially critical during the winter months.

Assess your current lighting setup and make sure it’s adequate. If you already have lights in place, make sure they’re all working properly.

Shovel and Remove Snow

The more snow you can keep away from your loading area, the better. Obviously you’ll be shoveling paths to the door and loading bay, but you shouldn’t stop there. Brush snow off overhangs. Clear railings. Make sure there’s a path for drivers to get from their truck to the door.

The more snow you can get away from your warehouse, the better off you’ll be.

Keep the Floor Dry

It may feel like you’re fighting a losing battle when trying to keep your floor dry in the winter, but you still need to try. On days where it’s snowing, melting, and just all around messy, consider implementing a regular mopping schedule throughout the day. Every hour or two, someone can quickly walk through with a mop and dry up different spots.

Utilize Safety Mats

Another great way to reduce slipping is to place safety mats by entrances. These provide extra grip and keep water from spreading too much. This is a simple and affordable solution that everyone can implement.

Stay safe out there.