Ways You Can Protect the Cargo in Your Loading Dock Area
Many people are unaware of this, but more products are damaged, destroyed, or lost in the loading dock area of your business than it any other time that it is in your possession. A lot of people think that this kind of damage occurs most when it’s actually in the transport process but that isn’t the case. Most of the damage occurs once the product is either got to the loading dock or is being loaded onto the truck at the loading dock itself. This is why you want to do is much as you can to improve and protects that cargo at the loading dock itself.
If you own a business and you were finding that you are losing money because of this kind of issue, here are some things that you can do that can really help to protect and improve the efficiency of your loading dock.
One of the best places to start is by using truck restraints. These devices ensure that the trucks to pull up into your loading dock are securely fastened right up against the dock itself. This prevents the trucks from slipping or moving at all, so that cargo is not lost or damaged while it is being loaded or unloaded on the truck.
What you may also find is that by using truck restraints you actually increase the speed and efficiency by which cargo can be put on the truck. A truck that is much more securely fastened in place makes it easier to get things on and off the truck, and also makes employees feel safer maneuvering around the truck, which gives them the ability to load things more quickly because they feel safer. You will be shocked at the efficiency of your warehouse by this simple improvement.
You also want to look for areas where it is easy to slip and fall, and improve the spots to ensure that cargo will not be lost by employees falling or slipping, or by devices you were using to move the product slipping. One of the biggest areas that you want to look for is spots where water could build up. This is the number one cause of why people fall or carts slip. You may find that water improperly drains away from your building or builds up as condensation because of change in temperature, and so you need to do what you can to improve this.