Loading Dock Safety

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Loading Dock Safety

General

1. Are stairways and ladders from the dock floor to the dock meeting OSHA specifications?


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2. Are dock personnel always inspecting the landing gear on trailers?


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3. Is the dock area inspected frequently to ensure that there is no blockage or damage to emergency equipment?


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Hazards

1. Are employees trained regarding the dangers of injuries from falls or unsecured dock plates?


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2. Are employees aware of the hazards posed by un-chocked trailer wheels?


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3. Are employees aware of the hazards posed by carbon monoxide inhalation (from forklifts)?


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4. Are employees aware of the hazards of wrong lifting techniques or postures?


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Floors

1. Are the floors dry, free of oils?


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2. Are the floors undamaged and unbroken?


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3. Are all floors free of containers, tools and other materials?


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4. Any cracked or broken concrete or other flooring?


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5. Are oily rags and other combustible trash disposed into closed containers.


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6. Are all spills cleaned up immediately?


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7. Are staff identified and trained (responders) to act in case of major spills?


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8. Are employees aware of protocols in case of chemical spills?


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Dock Plates

1. Is the dock plate load capacity in line with the loads?


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2. Are movable dock boards secured to ensure they don’t slip?


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3. Are employees taking precautions to avoid falls and injuries in the loading docks?


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4. Are employees advised to stay away from loading dock edges?


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5. Are employees required or recommended to wear sturdy shoes with non-skid soles?


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Trucks And Trailers

1. Are truck and trailer wheels chocked before loading or unloading?


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2. Are drivers turning off their motors while in the docks to prevent carbon monoxide exposure?


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3. Are employees trained to respond to other vehicles and to move out of the way when a forklift sounds its horn?


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4. Is attention being paid to materials on the dock that could fall or roll and pose a hazard?


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5. Are employees encouraged to wear safety gear like hard hats, eye protection, etc.?


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