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Loading Dock Safety Tips

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Loading dock safety tips

Forklift accidents cost business more than $135 million each year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) and that´s only one type of accident that can occur on the loading dock.  Loading docks can be dangerous places for forklifts. Falls from a loading dock in a forklift can be fatal.

When operating a forklift on a loading dock, slow down, watch out for others, and be aware of the edge of the dock.  Here you can find some loading dock safety tips to keep in mind.

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Loading dock safety tips:

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Safe Handling Preparation

The load center is the distance from the face of the forks to the load’s center of gravity. Many forklifts are rated using a 24-inch load center, which means that the load’s center of gravity must be 24 inches or less from the face of the forks.

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While approaching a load, be aware of the approaching too fast or turning too rapidly.

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Mast Position

While moving the mast, be aware of tipovers and dropped loads while moving the mast.

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Fork Position

While moving the forks into position, be aware of tipover, dropped load, and collision.

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Lifting the Load

While lifting the load, be aware of insufficient clearance, falling loads, and stuck loads.

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Lowering the Load

While lowering the load, be aware of the falling loads and striking objects.

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