Baler Safety Tips

Baler Safety Tips- How to Avoid Injuries When Using a Baler

By following these baler safety tips for operating a baler, you will decrease the risk of baler-related injuries in your company.

Compacting and baling equipment reduce large amounts of solid waste to smaller, more manageable units by utilizing powered rams. These machines are typically used by manufacturing companies to compact and bale large amounts of scrap and waste materials such as paper, cotton, and metals. On the other hand, retail and service industries are using these machines for paper and cardboard boxes.

Compactors compress the waste material into containers for transport. While baling equipment is designed to compress material and produce a bale that can be handled and transported as a unit.

It is extremely important to understand that when powerful metal equipment such as balers are used incorrectly, series injuries can occur. However, the majority of the injuries are preventable if these safety tips are followed.

Training is Crucial

Waste and recycling balers are very easy to use, and they make businesses more efficient by compressing waste into dense compact blocks. However, like any commercial or industrial machinery, balers should only be operated by trained staff and secure conditions.

Training your staff is key and it is vital that the vendor provides you with thorough instruction on using the machine safely, appropriate duty of care, how to bale out, how to ready the machine, how to change the banding and other simple maintenance and cleaning steps.

Safety Tips for Using a Baler

  • Never operate a baler without safety training and supervision for beginning uses.
  • Place clear warning signs next to waste baler to keep staff notified of existence.
  • Wear proper protective gear such as safety glasses, gloves, goggles, ear plugs, hard hats, and steel-toed shoes.
  • Power down your baler when clearing jams. It is essential to disconnect the machine’s power supply to ensure baler will not reactivate once cleared.
  • Operators, remove key from switch when baler isn’t in use.
  • Before use, a proper inspection should be completed to highlight any potential safety issues.
  • Display clear warning signs and safety decals.
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Safety Tips for Baling Out

  • Make sure you are using the correct baler banding. Baler banding differs in length, width, breaking strength, material, and quality.
  • Free the bale-out area from obstruction and personnel before baling out.
  • Ensure all equipment for baling out such as a pallet or trolley is near by.

Workers and employers should always keep baler safety in mind. When powerful metal equipment such as these balers are used incorrectly, serious injuries- including crushing, amputation, and even death- can occur. Following the manufacturer’s safety recommendations along with proper training and regular inspections of your equipment will decrees with risks that are associated with balers. 

If you are in the market for a New or Used Industrial Baler or Baler Parts and Accessories, Give Us A call Today!

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Types of Commercial Garage Doors & Which is Right for Me?

If you are in the market for commercial garage doors, one important question to ask yourself is what will be their main function. Commercial garage doors do more than simply provide passage. They also provide access for storing equipment and vehicles, loading, and unloading materials, security, etc. There are many options out there that come in different shapes, sizes and materials depending on what they are being used for.

Sectional Garage Doors

Sectional doors, or sectional overhead doors, are a popular choice for commercial loading docks and spaces with similar purposes. The sectional door features vertical mounting and ceiling-secured door tracks along with a space-saving construction. Most of the sectional doors have feature advanced insulation and environmental control technology to ensure the space’s interior pest- and airborne particle-free as well as temperature-regulated. This style garage door is made of lighter materials for maximum flexibility. While they cost less, they only last a few years and require significant maintenance.

This is a great choice if you are in need of a heavy-duty overhead door capable of withstanding the elements.

Rolling Doors

Rolling doors are often used for security or weather protection, industrial and commercial doors (rolling steel and sectional) are thin but durable metal slatted doors that roll up and are stored in a coil. These doors are made with heavy material that is built to last the lifetime of the building. They require substantial side room and head room, they are mounted to the face of the wall and supported by the vertical wall but require no connection to the ceiling.

These types of doors work well in warehouses and distribution centers and perfect if you are dealing with limited space and security is a high priority.

High Performance Doors

The High performance doors are high speed, industrial doors with features geared towards specific industry applications such as retail, automotive, manufacturing, cold storage and parking. They remain at top performance levels even in the harshest weather. The high performance doors help enhance workflow, lower energy costs, and ease safety and security concerns. They provide you with many years or worry-free performance and require very little maintenance, even in high use areas. They are fast-moving and tight sealing for use in all environments.

Commercial High Performance Doors are a great fit for you if you are looking for high speed and durability while also considering low maintenance demands and long life cycle.

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Here at Speed-Tech Equipment we offer various options for your commercial garage door needs. We are a West Michigan Dealer for the Raynor Door Product Line and have the right garage doors for your specific needs!

If you are currently in the market for overhead garage doors in the Grand Rapids area, Contact Us today! Our staff is ready to help find the best door for your business needs!

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Needed Full-Time Mobile Technician- Southern Michigan Area

Service company in need of full time mobile technician working in the Southern Michigan area.  The technician will need to have strong skills in electrical controls, hydraulics, and at least some knowledge and experience in structural welding.  Applicants must be able to lift heavy objects as needed and be willing to work outdoors all seasons of the year.

Benefits:

This position pays will pay very well based on experience and aptitude with benefits upon 90 day evaluation.   Health, dental, vision, life, paid time off, 401K match, and other bonuses are provided or offered. 

Candidates must have a great work ethic, mechanical aptitude, positive and entrepreneur attitude, personal and professional demeanor, and desire to learn and be a leader in the fields of expertise listed.

This position requires the repairing and maintaining of Trash Compactors, Recycle Balers, Truck Docks, and other material handling equipment. 

Only applicants who provide a completed and accurate resume in response to this posting will be considered. 

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Needed Full-Time Mobile Technician- Northern Michigan Area

Service company in need of full time mobile technician working in Northern Michigan area.  The technician will need to have strong skills in electrical controls, hydraulics, and at least some knowledge and experience in structural welding.  Applicants must be able to lift heavy objects as needed and be willing to work outdoors all seasons of the year.

Benefits:

This position pays will pay very well based on experience and aptitude with benefits upon 90 day evaluation.   Health, dental, vision, life, paid time off, 401K match, and other bonuses are provided or offered. 

Candidates must have a great work ethic, mechanical aptitude, positive and entrepreneur attitude, personal and professional demeanor, and desire to learn and be a leader in the fields of expertise listed.

This position requires the repairing and maintaining of Trash Compactors, Recycle Balers, Truck Docks, and other material handling equipment. 

Only applicants who provide a completed and accurate resume in response to this posting will be considered. 

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Refurbished vs. New Equipment- What is Best for Your Business

Are you in the market for some new equipment? We know that making the investment for new equipment is not always feasible exactly when it is needed, not to mention it can also be very challenging to find the right piece of used machinery for your specific needs when the demand is there. Purchasing used machinery is the ideal alternative to buying brand new machinery or equipment, both of which typically come with a pretty hefty price tag. Although looking on the reverse end, purchasing used machinery can mean more maintenance as well as the risk of purchasing something that was not refurbished up to condition and safety standards.

Refurbished Equipment

What is refurbished equipment exactly? It is equipment that has been previously owned, inspected, and restored to a sellable condition. When you find yourself purchasing used machinery you can pocket savings that average 30 percent to 50 percent of the selling price for the same equipment in new condition and saving on the initial depreciation cost right when you walk off the lot.

A big key to successfully purchasing refurbished equipment is double and triple check how the vendor your purchased from defines “refurbished”. Did they dismantle the equipment and replace and parts that might have been too worn out? Did the company go through a thorough testing process after the equipment was reassembled to make sure that everything was working in great condition? Be sure to ask the right questions to the seller before jumping into a new purchase. Another thing to look for is if the vendor you are purchasing from has some experience in serving in your local community. Do they have good reviews online or has someone you know and trust referred them to you? This will give you an idea of their track record and if their products they are selling are good condition and safe for users.

Pros of Purchasing Refurbished Equipment

  • Purchase equipment at a lower cost
  • Depreciation Avoided
  • Holds better value
  • Get your equipment right when you need it
  • Enjoy lower insurance costs
  • Increases flexibility for other avenues where revenue is needed
  • Availability of equipment- greater selection

Cons of Purchasing Refurbished Equipment

  • Possible poor condition
  • Possible subpar safety 
  • High repair costs if something breaks 
  • No warranty 

New Equipment

New equipment is just that! The latest and greatest model. The equipment will be more efficient, have all the bells and whistles including all the safety and comfort features. Also, you have a lower risk of breakdowns and repairs. With all of that comes a price, and the price tends to be a very pretty penny. But with that pretty penny comes a peace of mind about the equipment’s history, use, or current state. You won’t have to be worried about starting your machine in the morning, if it’s going to work all day or if it’s safe for your employees to use.

Another key here is to check into the company you are purchasing from. Make sure they are reliable, have been in the industry for some time, and check their reviews! What people say about them will give you great insight on what they’re selling and their customer service.

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Pros of Purchasing New Equipment

  • Purchase the exact model you want that is tailored to your business needs 
  • Repair costs are very low for a longer amount of time
  • Warranties to cover unexpected costs 
  • Shows company’s professionalism 
  • Enjoy lower insurance costs
  • Greater technology 
  • Tax advantages 

Cons of Purchasing New Equipment

  • Upfront costs are costly 
  • High depreciation cost upfront
  • Return on investment 
  • Long wait times to receive equipment- could be damaging to business 

All things considered, buying used machinery makes more financial sense, it offers a greater return on investment, and you have access to a greater selection with availability. When purchasing new equipment, you are putting more money into it but you don’t have to worry about repair costs or safety and you’re offered warranties to keep them up to date and reliable for your company. Not to mention the tax advantages that come with it!

Speed-Tech Equipment sells new and refurbished equipment, so whatever you’re looking for- we can help! Before you make a decision on which process is best for your needs, contact us to see how we can help!

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Advantages to Having Mobile Onsite Equipment Repair at Your Fingertips

Explore More Repair Options for Your Business

When you run a business that heavily relies on machines you obviously understand how beneficial they can be for operations. On the flip side, when machines go down it can take a huge toll on your business. It’s important now more than ever before to have processes in place to keep your business running as smoothly as possible with the least amount of down time – and we’re here to help. Speed-tech Equipment offers mobile onsite repair at your fingertips in order to keep your company moving as best as possible.

What is mobile onsite repair?

Mobile onsite repair is just exactly what it sounds like, our team is mobile, we come to you and repair your machines onsite in your own building. This helps your business immensely when it comes to unexpected down time. We’ve all been in the position of inconvenience with a broken-down car, a popped tire, or keys locked in the house. It’s never a fun place to be and not only is it stressful but it can also be nerve-wracking and frustrating when we have places to be or things to do. It’s no different when it comes to your business and equipment.

Advantages to using Speed-Techs mobile onsite equipment repair

Less unexpected down time

As we have stated before, one of the best things about mobile onsite repair is the reduction of time that you spend waiting for your equipment to be fixed. You call the team in and we can fix and adjust your machine right in the very place it stands. This is a huge advantage when it comes to the way your business runs. Less down time means more efficiency and the maximization of your dollars.

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In-house labor and repair savings

Obviously when you are working with someone else to fix your businesses machinery, there is cost that goes into that – but for many people this still becomes a savings. Hiring a professional that is out-of-house and has extensive experience working on equipment and machines will help cut down on the amount of time required to get you back up and running which can ultimately result in in-house savings when it comes to both labor and repair.

Little to no effort required to get your machines back up and running

Not only can you end up saving money by hiring a professional to get the job done quickly and well – but there is also a convenience factor in having onsite mobile repair. When your business utilizes a mobile repair team like ours, you will have little to no effort that is required when it comes to getting your business running smoothly. Many times, businesses are too busy to waste time transporting, waiting, or spending the time working on a machine that needs some help. Our mobile onsite repair service allows you to leave all of that behind and relax as we take care of everything for you.

Mobile onsite equipment repair service is not only convenient for your business, but it can also save you money in the long run. There are many advantages to not having to worry about your broken-down equipment and we hope that you will decide to give our mobile repair services a try. Not only do we offer repair services, but we also have a wide range of other services that we offer including full equipment rebuilds, equipment installations, custom fabrications and more. 

If you are interested in learning more about what we do and how we can help your business, please contact us today! Our team is happy to help you in any way that we can.

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The Ultimate Guide to Loading Dock Equipment

What Your Business Needs for A Fully Functioning Loading Dock

Loading docks are a big part of many businesses today. They allow for the quick loading and unloading of products from one place to another. Loading docks generally have many moving parts that allow them to function seamlessly along with the team that is running them – but what are the actual moving parts within each loading dock? What equipment allows for each loading dock to be run smoothly. What equipment pieces are must-haves for your loading dock? Stay tuned! We want to talk about each crucial piece of equipment that is a part of a loading dock and what they do to ensure the smooth loading and unloading process.

Loading Dock Leveler

A loading dock leveler is a crucial piece of equipment for your loading dock. What is a loading dock leveler? A loading dock leveler is a piece of equipment that is put on the edge of your loading dock to, as the name states, level your loading dock. This equipment connects a truck that would back up to be loaded or unloaded to the stationary dock, and just serves as a sort of ramp that can be raised or lowered to connect the space between.

Loading Dock Seals

A loading dock seal is not a required piece of equipment for any loading dock but is an application that can be very beneficial for your operations. A dock seal is most simply a foam pad that is attached to your loading dock opening in order to seal any openings between a truck and the loading dock. A loading dock seal is great for places where weather is unpredictable and can easily affect the loading and unloading of products. We know that moisture can create dangerous conditions on a loading dock floor for anyone working in the area, a dock seal is a great way to minimize the elements coming in and affecting your operation. Not only does a dock seal help prevent

Loading Dock Shelters

Dock shelters provide a different kind of seal for loading docks. They also are not required and are generally fitted to the top and sides of a loading dock with a weighted curtain or piece of fabric hanging down or formed with a piece of fiberglass stays. This allows for trailers of any size to still have a strong seal while backed into the loading dock. Some dock shelters even are able to be adjusted by height with a rope or other form of adjustment. All in all loading dock shelters are a great way to control any outside elements from getting in while you are loading and unloading trucks that come in an out. They are similar to a dock seal but as they have progressed, they are better at not showing as much wear and tear with heavy daily use.

Vehicle Restraints & Loading Dock Communications

Vehicle restraints and loading dock communication often go hand in hand. Vehicle restraints are a safety measure that are highly recommended for loading docks. Simply speaking, they prevent a truck or vehicle from moving away from the dock while the loading or unloading process is happening. Vehicle restraints keep the vehicle secured safely to the loading dock so that work can commence safely. Many times dock communications in the form of lights will also accompany the vehicle restraints to let the drivers and workers both know the status of the truck as well as when it is safe to pull away or begin loading or unloading.

Loading Dock Lifts

Loading dock lifts can be used for a wide variety of applications to help your operations go more smoothly. In the resting position they are level with the ground, and then can be adjusted to the height of the truck or level that you need in order to move product from point A to point B. Not only can they be used for trucks but businesses will also use them to move product from one floor to another floor depending on the situation. Every loading dock lift has safety measures put into place for the use of t

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Barrier Gates

Barrier gates are a great safety measure for any loading dock that is not being used. A gate is stretched across the opening to allow the loading door to be open while keeping anyone inside from falling out. Because the door is open, there also is good airflow that is allowed into the building keeping fresh air flowing for everyone’s enjoyment – especially when the weather is nice.

Loading Dock Bumpers

Loading dock bumpers are a must if you have docks that are regularly in use. As named, they are a padded bumper that is attached to your dock in case the trailer hits the dock on any side. These pads will absorb any shock from hitting the dock in a case where the trailer isn’t backed in properly. These bumpers can prevent serious damage from occurring – especially in high traffic loading docks.

If you have a business that utilized a loading dock, we hope that this information was helpful for you to know what options you have for your loading dock as well as what equipment you might want to keep your workers and drivers as safe as possible.

If you are looking for any of the above equipment, please contact us today! Our representatives are happy to help you in any way that we can.

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Benefits to Dock Communications for Your Business

Dock communications are such an important part of your loading dock system. They are critical to keep your employees, and bystanders safe in one of the most dangerous areas of your business. An effective dock communication system will be clear and concise, allowing for simple and easy communication between the truck driver and loading dock personal. Most dock communication systems feature both a red and green bright light as well as a sign that easily reads from both straight on and through a mirror “Enter on green only”. What other benefits do dock communication systems have for businesses?

Provides clear, simple, efficient, and effective communication

This is crucial in the world of loading docks. Communication between the loading dock staff and truck drivers needs to be as clear as possible in order to avoid any accidents or damages. Because the red and green lights are fairly universal signs for stop and go, it easily allows the line of contact to be both efficient and effective to get the most amount of work done in the shortest amount of time. With clear contact both the loading dock employees and truck drivers can do their jobs quickly and smoothly.

Increases safety and productivity

Just to reiterate the point above, dock communication systems allow teams to work more safely and be more productive. Universally understood signs help to make sure that there is no miscommunication between any truck driver wanting to unload and the staff ready to receive the product. With unclear and miscommunication come accidents and inefficient processes.

Reduces potential damage to trucks and loading dock equipment

Keeping costs low as a company is important, and everyone knows that damaged equipment and items costs money. As a business move it’s smart to invest in safety features such as dock communication systems in order to save you money long term by reducing any potential damages that might occur to trucks, loading dock equipment, and more!

As a business, it is important to keep your employees and everyone that comes onto your property safe, especially in an area with such high traffic like a loading dock. Safety measures such as dock communication systems can help your business achieve this with the least amount of supervision necessary. Keeping employees safe not only keeps your business safe but it also will help your company save money in the long haul.
We here at Speed-Tech Equipment are proud to carry the Nordock DOK-COM communication system to help your business improve both safety and efficiency at your loading docks.

Features

Each system features red and green LED lights for optimum visuals, easy to see and understand visual signage, sun visors on the lights to prevent glare for users, and simple installation process.

Standard Operation

Before loading a truck, dock personnel check that the wheels are chocked then flip a switch on the inside light. The outside light will immediately turn from green to red and alternately the inside light will turn from red to green. After loading is complete the lights are switched back to red inside and green outside allowing the truck to leave the dock.

Additional Options

The DOK-COM also offers additional options such as photo eye or limit switch mounted on door or leveler for automatic light control, control panel with dock leveler and door interlocks with operator load function for leveler and inside green light control, and full logi-smart integrated panels to control communication lights.

If you are interested in getting more information about getting a DOK-COM dock communications system from Speed-Tech Equipment, contact us today! Our staff is happy to help you in any way that we can.

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3 Ways To Know It’s Time To Upgrade Your Equipment

The continued development of equipment over the years has helped many businesses and people perform their jobs and services with increased efficiency, productivity, all the while saving money and manpower. If you are an individual or business that has benefited from the use of various equipment, you know how important it is to keep said equipment and machinery up and running to the best of its ability. But as you know, equipment always endures wear and tear, and there comes a time where maintenance is needed, parts are to be replaced, and upgrades are necessary to continue business as usual. When is the time right for you to upgrade your equipment? How can you know when the line has been crossed and a piece of equipment is no longer worth putting money into repairs, but you will be better off upgrading your old equipment?

When Your Company Outgrows It

One of the best ways to know that it’s time to upgrade your equipment is when your company outgrows it. This is a little bit of a grey area, but when the equipment no longer is serving its purpose it might be time to make the upgrade. This might mean that you have too much work that your equipment cannot keep up, or it could simply be that whatever equipment you have is just too small to keep up with the applications you are using it for. For example, if you have a trash compactor for your business, as you continue to grow your trash compactor will get to a point where you are just producing too much trash to use your compactor efficiently. If that is the case, you will want to consider investing in a larger compactor!

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When Your Mechanic Recommends It

Another good way that you can know if the time is approaching to upgrade or replace your equipment is to check in continually with your trusted mechanic during their routine maintenance sessions. An experienced mechanic will many times be able to spot issues or problems before they become actual issues or problems for you. No business wants to experience down time with a machine or piece of equipment that is out of order. A mechanic should be able to help you understand when your equipment is in need of replacement or an upgrade in order to keep your business running properly.

When The Cost of Repairs Outweighs the Increase in Productivity

Our last tip when it comes to knowing when it’s time to upgrade your equipment is a pretty practical one…it’s time to upgrade your equipment when the cost of equipment repairs outweighs the benefits of the piece of equipment. For example, in a very basic sense, if you are a business that owns a cardboard baler in order to simplify your recycling process but your average yearly cost to continue making repairs to the cardboard baler are more than what you are saving in terms of manpower and recycling costs, it’s likely time to make the upgrade for your business.

Unfortunately, everything is not always black and white when it comes to the time to upgrade your equipment – but as a business, it’s important to always be thinking about the ways in which you can continue to grow as well as keep track of the things that might be holding you back.

If you are interested and looking for more information on updating your businesses compactors, balers, loading dock equipment and more, feel free to contact us today. Our experienced staff and team is more than happy to walk you through how an upgrade can help you.

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Everything You Need To Know About Loading Dock Rules

OSHA Loading Dock Requirements

Loading docks are the hub for shipping and receiving for many businesses meaning that they are also a big source of profit for businesses. Because of all the hustle and bustle that happens on a loading dock there can be many dangers of working on and around them – there are various rules that both employers should implement, and employees should follow while near to loading docks to make sure that everyone is as safe as they can be. Of course there are some very general loading dock rules that everyone is expected to follow such as keeping floors clean, dry, and in good condition meaning that it’s important to clean up any trash or miscellaneous items that might find their way onto the floor where everyone is moving about as well as being alert to your surroundings including other vehicles, workers, and materials. But what about the less known loading dock rules, the ones that you might not know exist? The United States Department of Labor: Occupational Safety & Health Administration or OSHA doesn’t have very many CLEAR guidelines when it comes to loading dock requirements, but here is what we have found. OSHA states the biggest potential hazards when it comes to loading docks are “falling off the edge of the dock” and “skidding or slipping due to wet or icy conditions”

Be sure to check through your individual state loading dock rules and regulations as well to ensure that you are making your workspace the safest that it can be. To help you get started thinking about some of the less thought of various concerns when it comes to your loading dock, we decided to put together a short list of rules to think about based on OSHA’s stated potential hazards so that you can make your loading dock a safe one.

Keep a Lookout for Wet, or Slippery Floor Surfaces.

Keeping a close eye out for any potentially slippery surfaces is important in the world of loading docks, just a little bit of water, or a small spill can drastically affect the people that are working on the floor. Spills or wetness can affect loading dock equipment such as forklifts making it challenging for them to drive or move.

Clean Up All Spills Immediately

If you do see any sort of spill, no matter if its water or something else, be sure to clean them up immediately so as not to cause any accidents.

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Report And Take Caution With Any Rain or Water Leaks

Reporting anything that is out of the ordinary is important when it comes to safety. Simple maintenance fixes should be reported as soon as they are recognized and dealt with accordingly! Be sure to talk to all employees about the importance of reporting any maintenance fixes, including and especially any leaks that might make your floor slippery or.

Use Caution When Moving Dock Plates

All employees should always use caution when it comes to working around machinery, loading docks, equipment, and other higher risk situations.

Don't Run On or Around Loading Docks or Loading Dock Machinery (Fork Lifts, etc.)

Remember to slow down when moving around your loading dock area – walking while you are on or around loading docks and loading dock equipment can prevent many accidents from happening, all you have to do is just use extra caution.

Keep a Safe Distance from Loading Dock Edges

Be sure to keep a safe distance from all loading dock edges in order to prevent any potential falls and keep yourself and other workers safe.

Train All Employees to Use All Loading Dock Equipment Properly

Training is a large part in keeping your business and loading dock area safe. Be sure to hold training sessions for all employees that covers how to properly use all loading dock equipment. Let all employees know the various risks and dangers as well as what rules and regulations you have put into place to keep them all safe.

Use Hand, Head, Eye, and Ear Protection as Needed. (gloves, hats, glasses, etc.)

Using proper protection can be a big help when it comes to working on the loading docks. Employers should always implement hand, head, eye, and ear protection regulations in order to keep all employees as safe as possible on and around the loading docks.

Be sure to check your state regulations as you make rules for your company and loading dock personal. If you are looking for various loading dock accessories and parts, take a look at our different options and available parts here! Not seeing what you are looking for? Please contact us today! Our representatives would be happy to talk to you about what needs you might have!