Those in the pulp, paper and packaging industry face many challenges at their loading docks. For one, maneuvering large, oversized and high capacity loads make fork truck operation dangerous. That’s why the proper dock level is so critical. Providing the smoothest path possible between the facility floor and the trailer can have a major impact on operations. It’s a best practice when it comes to preventing costly back injuries as well as product and equipment damage.
Another challenge comes from vertical and horizontal trailer movement during loading and unloading. Any movement here can result in damaged product and equipment, and even worse, injury. Known as Dock Shock, Whole Body Vibration contributes to wear and tear on the forklift drivers as well as the product and equipment.
Moisture and precipitation is a constant concern to the industry as it threatens the quality of the product. Water will ruin paper and packaging product before it ever gets to the customer. An effective loading dock seal and shelter can provide the needed protection from the elements.