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Safety Matters

Ask the Expert: Dock Safety – Loading & Unloading Loss Prevention Strategies

Answers to Risk Control Questions by CNA Insurance, AWI’s Insurance Safety Partner

Question: Daniel, a shipping receiver at a small woodworking company was recently injured during a routine delivery. As the truck driver raised the rear trailer door, an unsecured shipping crate struck Daniel’s right shoulder as it fell from the trailer. As a result, Daniel suffered from a dislocated shoulder and some very severe bruising. Are there risk control strategies pertaining to proper dock safety loading and unloading that may have prevented this accident?

Answer: Yes. Although dock safety risks can vary depending upon the dock environment, there are some useful strategies to be considered when creating or reviewing your dock safety loading and unloading procedures:

  • Foot traffic should be cleared during the loading and unloading of trailers.
  • Loader and driver safety hazards should be clearly identified and posted in the dock area to encourage safe working procedures.
  • Loads in trucks and on forklifts should always be properly secured.
  • All loading dock gaps and drop-offs should be identified and secured.
  • Forklift operators should be trained prior to operating a forklift.
  • Employees should never position themselves downhill of a moving load.
  • Wheel chocks and other vehicle restraint devices should always be used on trailers.

    For additional information on dock safety loss prevention resources and strategies, please contact Fay Kitchin ( at CNA.

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