The efficient flow of products in and out of facilities is critical in today’s highly competitive world.

Special attention must be given to the loading dock area design for this to happen. A number of factors must be considered when coordinating dock heights and door sizes, and when selecting the proper loading dock equipment.

Today’s workplace will not tolerate unsafe work practices. Planners must ensure that the loading dock area is not just efficient, but also safe. Installing loading dock safety equipment is just the first step towards minimizing hazardous and costly accidents.

The loading dock personnel must then be educated and trained on how to use the equipment and identify the warning signals. If a person does not fully understand a particular piece of equipment they are unlikely to use it properly. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure proper training is provided for the loading dock workers. ADI can provide employers with recommendations and after-sales training to ensure proper equipment selection and use. Throughout the planning process, future requirements should always be addressed. The need for more door openings and more storage capability should be incorporated into the layout of the new building prior to its construction to save a great deal of cost and frustration later.

Planners should also consider future changes to the loading dock application when deciding on the size and capacity of the loading dock equipment.