According to Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, more than 25% of industrial accidents happen at the loading dock, and for each accident, there are 600 near misses. Those statistics are sobering and indicate the need for proper safety training and loading dock safety products.
Wheel chocks are a very basic but effective wedge-shaped safety product that can be placed behind a trailer’s wheels to prevent movement. When used correctly and consistently, wheel chocks significantly reduce accidents at the loading dock. Read our safety guide to learn where, when, and how to use wheel chocks.
How To Use Wheel Chocks
- Check that the parking brake is set
- Always use wheel chocks in pairs
- Place wheel chocks on the left and right wheels closest to the loading dock
- Use the right size chocks for the tire and center them against the wheel
- Communicate with loading or unloading crew once the chocks have been securely placed
Proper placement of wheel chocks is critical. Chocks should be placed against both rear wheels on the side furthest from the loading dock. As a lift truck drives onto the trailer, the chocks will hold the trailer against the loading dock preventing trailer creep and potential accidents.
When To Use Wheel Chocks
Wheel chocks should be used to secure trailers during every single loading and unloading procedure. They take very little time to put in place and it’s a safety measure that should never be skipped.
Loading Dock Safety Products
Engineered Products offers a wide range of wheel chocks for various types and sizes of tires, road surfaces, and load weights. We also carry a full suite of loading dock safety products to improve safety at your facility. Contact us today for help finding the right wheel chocks and other safety products for your warehouse needs.