The perils of loading docks

by on May 6, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Loading docks offer a combination of potential hazards—pedestrians and moving vehicles, fatigued drivers who have finally arrived at their destination and may not be at their sharpest, and unfamiliar equipment.

It’s not known which of these hazards 65-year-old Donald J. Stevenson, a truck driver from Lima, Ohio, faced when he delivered goods at the SpartanNash food warehouse in Blue Ash, Ohio. He was found pinned between a wall and a metal ramp, crushed to death. The company and OSHA are investigating.

Safety key: Loading docks represent special hazards, and conditions change with each delivery. Goods are moved in and moved out, the equipment configurations might be slightly different, and there may be either too much traffic or too little (so a driver may try to go it alone in unfamiliar surroundings). Make sure supervisors frequently review the conditions to eliminate as many surprises as possible.

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