Lights and signs are used to aid truck drivers with dock safety procedures.
You may have some safety features for your loading dock already, such as your pit leveler or edge leveler, bumpers and other things. But it's important to also provide easy to see and simple instructions and safety lights for drivers. Whether your loading dock only works part of a day or its in operation 24 hours a day, you'll find that having things like dock lights, loading dock lights and dock safety signs are just as important to safety and efficiency as your other components at the loading dock.
Communicating which loading docks are available and which loading docks are not could be a complicated thing, or you could install some simple dock lights with red and green lights (stop and go lights) to tell drivers which loading docks are available for them to use. Additionally there are dock lights that are installed to help guide drivers as they back up long trailers. These lights provide an added layer of safety and security at night. Additionally, there are motion activated outdoor lights that only come on when a person or vehicle enters the sensor field. This allows for easy 24-hour operation without having to worry that people are working outside in the dark.
Once the truck or trailer has been secured at the loading dock and the door opened, your workers need to be able to work inside the truck or trailer with light. Loading dock lights provide the additional work light that is needed when working in long trailers. These lights are available in four different light sources: incandescent, quartz halogen, high-pressure sodium and metal halide. Additionally, you can choose the standard duty arm or a heavy-duty arm that can accommodate a modular fan with the light. Some loading dock lights have a flexible arm and can be mounted on the ceiling. These flexible lights move when they are hit and then return to their position, making them ideal when you have forklifts operating on your load dock.
Along with the dock lights that you have installed, you should also install dock safety signs at each loading dock. These signs can be written normally or mirror imaged so that they are readable in side mirrors as drivers are backing into the loading dock. These signs communicate important information for drivers to know, such as shutting off engines when parked at a loading dock, or to remind drivers what to do when the lights are red or green.