Your warehouse and loading dock are at the core of your facility operations, but those areas are also susceptible to various safety hazards and accidents.
It’s estimated by OSHA that 25% of injuries that occur in warehouses or industrial facilities happen at the loading dock. While the majority of warehouse and loading dock injuries are caused by situations like slips and falls, also common and much more serious are forklift accidents and injuries caused by trailer separation and semi activity in the drive approach.
Addressing loading dock and warehouse safety with the simple addition of a light communication system, however, can help communicate and prevent these loading dock and warehouse safety hazards.
Stop and Go Warehouse Safety Lights
Most critical to safety, productivity and accident prevention at the loading dock is communication. In fact, HR Magazine noted that 48% of people surveyed said that confusing direction [and miscommunication] led to an average of 40 minutes of productivity lost per day. The primary objective of a light communication system is to keep operations productive by clearly informing loading dock personnel and truck drivers of a truck’s status. For example, the interior light communication system notifies dock personnel when they can safely enter a properly restrained trailer while the exterior lights communicate when a truck driver can safely depart from the dock position.
Although the universally understood red/stop and green/go lights are a great improvement to many loading docks, there are additional advancements in light communication for your warehouse and loading dock which can reduce dock and facility accidents more effectively.
Line-of-Sight Light Communication
The Rite-Vu Hazard Recognition and Light Communication System employs a variety of hazard recognition components, from activity detection with audible alarms to line-of-sight light communication. Rite-Vu includes:
Approach-Vu is a light and horn system which is offered as standalone, or embedded in a vehicle restraint, presents a clear visual and audible alarm to pedestrians out on the dangerous drive approach. Utilizing motion-sensors, the system is activated when a backing trailer is detected helping mitigate potential backover injuries and fatalities.
Pedestrian-Vu helps communicate activity inside a trailer to material handling personnel and pedestrians by emitting a blue light on to the leveler bed. Keeping the blue light in plain sight helps reduce costly collisions between forklifts and pedestrians.
Corner-Vu addresses forklift accident potential by providing immediate dock lock status with light communication to the forklift operator before entering the trailer. The lights are located in the upper corners of the interior loading dock door, providing clear line-of-sight vehicle restraint status without obstruction.
Similar to Corner-Vu, Leveler-Vu communicates vehicle restraint status to a forklift driver as they exit the bed of a semi-truck. The lights are located alongside the edge of the leveler bed, helping to provide clear vehicle restraint status to material handling personnel.
In all aspects of life, communication is key. When we’re talking about the safety of your warehouse personnel, however, communication is paramount. Utilizing a light communication system from Rite-Hite, with the option to integrate the control of these and your loading dock equipment with the Dok-Commander System, will set your operation up for success.
Loading docks and warehouses can be loud, busy and confusing, but with a properly integrated light communication system you can prevent forklift accidents, pedestrian and material handling equipment collisions and trailer separation accidents.