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Typically, loading docks are busy areas where equipment, such as forklifts, is used to move materials and freight onto or off of trailers. Special attention is needed in these areas to ensure the safety of the workers involved in loading and unloading trailers. In addition to forklift tipovers, its also important to make sure forklifts don't slip or skid off elevated docks, fall between the dock and the trailer, or hit the trailer. Avoiding these types of hazards will help keep everyone involved with loading and unloading trailers safe. This course is designed to help you understand how to make sure the loading dock is safe. First to be covered are OSHA's requirements for both forklift operators and working surfaces in loading areas. Basic and best practices for avoiding hazards while on the dock and during the loading and unloading of the trailer and inspection methods to follow before entering suspension-type highways trailers, in particular, are explained. Combined, this information will help you keep the loading dock and loading dock activities safe for all those involved with loading and unloading trailers. Loading Dock Safety was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. This course was reviewed and updated for the November 2016 OSHA final rule updating walking-working surfaces standards.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the safety requirements of the different types of dockboards
  • Identify basic safety practices to take before entering a trailer to load or unload it
  • Recognize the proper use of best practices for loading and unloading trailers
  • Identify characteristics of the suspension-type highway trailer
  • Recognize the signs that an inspected checkpoint may be deficient
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