Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool
Understanding the Workplace » Loading Docks
Loading docks can be dangerous places for forklifts. Falls from a loading dock in a forklift can be fatal.
For information on entering truck trailers and railroad cars, see Truck Trailers and Railroad Cars.
When operating a forklift on a loading dock, slow down, watch out for others, and be aware of the edge of the dock.
Falling off the edge of the dock.
Skidding or slipping due to wet or icy conditions.
Requirements and Recommended Practices
Maintain a safe distance from the edge of loading dock.
Watch out for tail swing.
Keep working surfaces clear and clean.
Paint the edges of the loading dock to improve visibility.