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Why facilities need safe loading dock access stairs?

Categories:  Industrial Stairs  Distribution Centers, Packaging  Distribution Center & Warehouse  Loading Dock  

loading dock access stair
By Victor Tracy
Nov 20, 2021
Estimated 4 minute read

ErectaStep loading dock access stair installation

In any enterprise facility, people and merchandise are continuously moving. It is crucial to perform the required actions to promote safety, mitigate damage, and operate more effectively. For example, loading docks are often crowded and congested areas, posing a safety hazard. It is, therefore, important to take some simple precautions to ensure optimum safety during loading and unloading operations.

In an era of just-in-time delivery, the loading dock is more important than ever. An efficient loading dock operation can mean the difference between a successful business and one that struggles to keep up with the competition. When designing a loading dock area, there are a few key considerations that facility designers must take into account:

  1. Industrial design should conceive the loading dock layout to allow for smooth traffic flow.
  2. The loading dock equipment must be able to handle the volume of traffic that will be passing through.
  3. The loading dock area should be designed for safety to avoid accidents and injuries.

By considering these factors, businesses can ensure that their loading dock area optimally accommodates for maximum efficiency.

Of course, facility managers want to prevent accidents and damage. One way to do this is to designate a loading dock area where drivers can back up flatbed trailers safely. This loading dock area should be well-lit and free of debris. If possible, it should also be fenced off or separated from the rest of the loading area. In addition, make sure that all workers undergo proper training in loading and unloading procedures. By taking these simple steps, you can help to create a safe and efficient loading operation.

Loading docks are facility spaces where trucks load and unload raw materials or merchandise. The access stairs at loading docks make it possible for workers to climb to the level of the loading area, regardless of the truck's height. The access stairs are usually durable aluminum and have a non-slip surface. They are placed on any side of the loading dock so workers can access the elevated parts of the dock. Loading bays are often not level with the ground, so the access stairs provide a safe and easy way for workers to get to the proper elevation of the dock.

If you operate a loading dock, then you know how important it is to have safe and compliant loading dock stairs. Our loading dock stairs are prefabricated with heavy-gauge structural aluminum, meaning they will never rust, warp, or rot. They are also always compliant with OSHA standards, so you can rest assured that your employees are safely entering and exiting the loading dock area.

Any loading dock manager knows that time is of the essence when loading and unloading docks. Inefficiencies and bottlenecks can easily lead to delays, which can have a ripple effect on the entire facility. That's why it's so important to ensure that your loading docks are operating at maximized capacity. By identifying inefficiencies and bottlenecks, you can make the necessary changes to optimize performance. This may involve anything from reconfiguring the layout of the dock to investing in new loading dock equipment. But even small changes can make a big difference in loading dock efficiency. So if you want to ensure site performance is optimized, start by taking a close look at your loading docks.

These metal stairs might just be a small issue in loading dock operations, but when your workers encounter accidents in the workplace -- it would cost you more like an average of $38,000 in direct costs and up to 150,000 in indirect costs, according to the latest warehouse hazards data. Contact us today to learn more about our loading dock stairs or to place an order.





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