Anyone who works near a loading dock is familiar with how busy, and potentially hazardous the
environment around loading and unloading can be. From trailer creep to trailer up-ending, these
financial and time-costing accidents can be better avoided with the addition of one piece of equipment:
a vehicle restraint.
In January 2017, a series of rules and regulations promulgated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) pertaining to walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards were enacted. The new rules impose new requirements on employers who operate loading docks to either equip dockboards with run-off guards or to demonstrate that there is no hazard of transfer vehicles from running off the dockboard edge.
The purpose of this publication is to provide voluntary guidelines for the selection and application of safety labels for use on loading dock levelers. This is a voluntary guide and should be incorporated into a comprehensive safety program by owners of loading dock levelers.
A basic primer which answers the most frequently asked questions from entities considering the purchase of a dock leveling device.