The Dangers of Uneven Loading Docks

The loading dock is a fast paced environment where protecting employees and improving productivity is essential. One major risk that challenges these intentions is Whole-Body Vibration caused by Dock Shock.


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The Dangers of Uneven Loading Docks

UNEVEN DOCK TRANSITIONS = UNSAFE OPERATING CONDITIONS

The loading dock is a fast paced environment where protecting employees and improving productivity is essential. One major risk that challenges these intentions is Whole-Body Vibration caused by Dock Shock. When forklift operators move across uneven surfaces - from a facility floor, across a dock leveler, and into a trailer - vibration travels through the feet or the seat and into the employee's skeletal system. Over the long-term this repetitive movement can become troublesome, often resulting in employee medical issues and lost productivity. Companies that create the smoothest path for a forklift operator are finding positive improvement.

What can be done?

You can improve smoothness by up to 20% with Rite-Hite Dock Levelers as shown above, minimizing the impact of Dock Shock on your employees and your equipment. It is important to address your loading docks by gaining a thorough understanding of the situation and variables that are specific to each dock or facility. Things such as the number of loads per day, the weight of loads being moved, and the type of material handling equipment are all important factors to consider. Taking action is as simple as contacting your local Rite-Hite Representative who can assess your needs and recommend a plan. When you eliminate whole-body vibration and dock shock it's a win for your business and your employees!

6 million American workers are regularly exposed to whole-body vibration!

Are your employees at risk with these issues?

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Digestive Complications
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Absenteeism

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