With a rising trend in facility accidents across industries, safety should be top of mind for every facility leader. To prioritize workplace safety and help ensure safe practices at the loading dock, prevent OSHA violations and establish a robust safety management system, follow these key tips:

Inspect and install safety railings

with the right height and resistance to reduce the risk of falls.

Add dock levelers

to eliminate the gap between trailers and the loading dock. Understanding the load capacity is critical for safe operation. Exceeding capacity can lead to equipment damage or failures resulting in employee injuries and product damage.

Incorporate trailer restraints

to reduce the risk of trailer tip-overs or trucks pulling away from the loading dock while personnel are still inside. Use in conjunction with wheel chocks.

Keep your loading dock clean.

Before your forklift operator starts, ensure the loading dock is free of debris, water and ice to prevent any possible sliding issues.

Conduct regular risk assessments

of facilities, equipment and processes to identify potential safety hazards and take proactive measures to address them.

Implement safety policies and procedures

that are clear, comprehensive and tailored to your workplace. Ensure understanding of safety protocols, hazard recognition and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Provide adequate training

for operators relevant to their roles on topics such as hazard communication, fall protection, machine guarding, emergency procedures and equipment operation.

Promote a safety culture

encouraging your workforce to prioritize safety and actively participate in safety initiatives. Consider forming safety committees or designate safety representatives. Empower workers to report hazards, near misses and safety concerns without fear of retaliation.

Conduct regular inspections and audits

to monitor compliance with safety regulations and identify areas for improvement. Address any identified deficiencies promptly and implement corrective actions.

Provide adequate resources and encourage engagement

with training and tools to maintain a safe work environment. Involve employees in decision-making and encourage ideas for improving safety practices. Recognize and reward them for their commitment to safety.

Our MinerCARE® Safety and Service Programs help you proactively identify potential problems and ensure every aspect of your facility is running safely and at peak performance. Visit minercorp.com/minercare to learn more about our SafeACT and SafeCHECK programs.