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Raymond West supplies trailer restraints, interlock systems and other loading dock equipment.

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Loading docks are heavily used and potentially dangers areas, and having a good safety strategy can ensure that your business minimizes expensive and disruptive incidents.

Truck Restraints

As trucks are backed up to a dock bay, making sure the truck is immobilized is critical to the safety of your workers. As forklifts maneuver in and out of trailers and pallets are added or removed, significant weight transitions occur. As trailers are bumped they will move unless they are firmly anchored in place by some form of restraint system.

Any time a trailer is accidentally moved, it is known as “trailer creep.” This can be extremely unsafe for a lift truck operator, as the dock plate is separated from the trailer. A lift truck can quickly go over the side of the loading dock, resulting in serious bodily harm or death.

A further problem is unscheduled departures. Sometimes drivers will pull away from the loading dock before cargo transfer is concluded due to error or miscommunication. If a lift truck is active when a trailer pulls away it can be fatal to the driver. Truck restraints are made to impede trailers from departing from a dock until it is advisable to do so. Restraints can be as rudimentary as wheel chocks, or they can be as sophisticated as hydraulic hooks that pair with doors and dock levelers through interlock safety mechanisms.

Trailer Restraints (Dock Locks)

Trailer restraint mechanisms are in essence claws that grab the ICC bar on a trailer to hold it solidly in place. These restraints can be basic, manually operated systems or more advanced hydraulic and/or electric configurations.

Oftentimes, restraints are directly tied to the signal lights and dock leveler on a dock bay, so that they can’t be detached if the door is ajar, the dock leveler is engaged or the truck driver hasn’t been instructed to proceed by the dock operator. These safety features are invaluable on any high traffic loading dock and can improve safety immeasurably.

Wheel Chocks

Using wheel chocks is probably the simplest way to keep a vehicle stable. Why not just use chocks instead of fancy restraint systems? Although ordinary wheel chocks can work well, there are many risks:

  • Absent minded workers can sometimes fail to place chocks correctly
  • A sloped or uneven approach can make chocks fail if they aren’t placed correctly
  • Chocks can get lost, and busy workers may forego them instead of falling behind
  • Setting wheel chocks may require workers to get low to the pavement where truck drivers can’t see them, endangering the worker if the truck moves

Dock Restraints Near Me

To find out more about dock locks or other dock safety equipment, get in touch with a dock and door professional at Raymond West today.