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How to keep workers safe near a dock

Roughly a quarter of warehouse injuries occur on a loading dock. Therefore, those who work on docks in North Carolina or elsewhere may need to be cognizant of their surroundings. Injuries may occur when a truck separates from a dock or a forklift falls off the dock. While simply closing dock doors when they are not in use may be a valid safety measure, it may present issues from a ventilation standpoint.

When dock doors are open, a fall protection barrier may need to be in place if workers could fall 4 feet or more. However, states may have their own regulations on top of what OSHA requires. While most trucks have bed heights of about 4 feet, refrigerated trucks may have bed heights closer to or exactly at 60 inches. Therefore, a guardrail will be needed if a refrigerated truck is used at a dock.

In the event that a worker could fall less than 4 feet, a visual aid is generally sufficient. Ideally, it will be yellow and easy to install and remove as needed. The reason why it should be yellow is that it is widely recognized as a warning color. In some cases, it may be possible to use a magnet to quickly and conveniently accomplish these objectives.

Individuals that are subject to unsafe working conditions might be entitled to workers’ compensation if they are hurt at work. Benefits generally cover medical bills related to the accident as well as provide a portion of a worker’s lost salary while out of work. An attorney may be helpful to those who have had their applications denied in part or in full. Legal counsel may also be helpful to those who haven’t had their claims processed in a timely manner.


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