Anyone looking at our website should be able to tell that we’re in the loading dock and door business. So, you might ask, what’s with the circus tent?  Applied Handling and Rite-Hite were recently invited to attend an annual Health & Safety conference in Phoenix. If you’ve ever been to Phoenix you know, it’s hot. That explains the tent…and the brown grass.

Here’s the thing, if you spend any time around a loading dock it’s easy to see that without proper precautions, bad things can happen. We call it a “High Risk” environment.

It’s estimated that on average, a single loading dock is crossed 100,000 times per year. That’s a lot of crossings at one dock. Now, multiply that by 50. That’s the average number of docks our Fortune 500 customers have. That total by the way, is 5 million. 5 million dock crossings at a single plant each year.

Because of that high volume of activity, safety conscious companies place a lot of emphasis on that area of the plant. That’s where we come in. Being experts in loading dock and door safety, we were asked to share our experience with 400 health and safety professionals at this annual conference.

Over two days, four separate groups attended our presentation where we discussed:

  • Key components of a loading dock
  • Efficiency at the dock
  • Loading dock safety challenges and how to address them
  • Proper dock design

After the indoor presentation, we moved each group outside where we rotated through 4 stations each with a different focus. They included:

  • A Dock leveler and trailer restraint with integrated controls
  • High speed fabric doors and machine guarding
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Trailer inspection and proper use of trailer jacks

Based on the feedback we received, our contribution to the conference was a home run. In fact, it was such a success that we were asked to do it again next year. Hopefully someplace a little cooler.

So, if you want to hear more about truck trailer and loading dock safety, or you’d like a demo of our safety equipment, give us a shout.