Spring is on its way. Sunshine. Warmer weather. A gentle breeze carrying the scent of blossoms. And along with it, a tendency to leave the loading dock doors open. But along with that fresh air also comes the risk of injury for your employees. It’s a good idea to start thinking about how we can keep our employees from falling through those open dock doors.
A couple years back we introduced our current version of the loading dock gate. Its compact, easy to use design protects your employees with a line of 2-rail handrail per OSHA. But what about areas that have heavy fork truck traffic? OSHA handrail is designed to hold back a person leaning on it, but it’s not going to offer much resistance to a rolling fork truck.
Allow me to introduce the newest gate in our product line: the dock defender gate. This heavy-duty gate system has been tested to stop a 13,500 lb fork truck moving at 6.5 mph. Plus, when you need access, it folds in half and swings out of the way. It has either a single 42″ high beam or a double beam set up for additional security. Standard opening widths are available in 6′, 8′, 9′, 10′, and 12′, but custom opening widths are available up to 16′. The dock defender gate ships out quickly in three pieces with all required hardware (including wedge anchors), making for a quick and easy installation.
So go ahead. Leave the doors open and enjoy the fresh air. Let’s just do it in a safe manner.