It is estimated that 15 to 20% if industrial accidents occur at the loading dock, and the issue is the severity of the accidents. Quite often it could be fatal, and it is the dock attendant who is hurt in an accident. However, truck drivers and their companies could be subjected to litigation. New delivery patterns, changes in trucks, and deregulation are creating a rising tide of loading dock hazards. For example, just-in-time (JIT) shipping policy makes it harder to supervise dock operations. Deregulation permits a wide variety of new trailer sizes, and trucks are less likely to match the width of the dock door or the height of the dock platform. A recent check revealed virtually no wheel chocks were used in loading docks. To promote loading dock safety, companies are selling trailer restraints that are mounted on loading docks. Also, many companies may turn to automated loading docks.

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    National Safety Council

    444 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Authors:
    • Frisbie, T
  • Publication Date: 1989-7

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  • Pagination: p. 13-19
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00486473
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1989 12:00AM