How can you prepare your warehouse loading dock for the winter season?
Except for its cold temperatures, the winter season is unpredictable. With it comes wind, rain, snow, sleet and ice – all factors that increase risks of accidents during forklift operation.
With the falling temperatures, more companies are installing dock seals and shelters to prevent accidents during loading and unloading trailers. When a semi-truck backs up its trailer to the dock door, a 4-6” gap exposes your employee, equipment and product to the elements. Product can be damaged and docks become slippery, causing slips and falls.
Trailer Door Compatibility with Dock Seals
Mounted to the building, a warehouse dock seal is compatible to most common trailer door sizes. The seal forms between the dock door and the trailer’s top and sides. With no manual hook-ups necessary, forklift operators and other warehouse personnel can load or unload a trailer right away. Along with protecting your assets from the weather, the barrier also decreases the chance of insects and airborne dust entering the warehouse.
With wider and taller doors, consider upgrading to a dock shelter. Dock shelters work with a variety of trailer sizes, including those too small to connect to a dock seal. Unlike a dock seal, the shelter doesn’t project into the trailer. It won’t narrow the available space for loading or unloading product.
Ready to install dock seals or shelters at your warehouse? Or, need to replace a damaged seal? Contact ProLift to speak to a storage & handling specialist!Contact Storage & Handling Specialist