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  • Course Description: AEC Daily: Loading Dock Design and Equipment Selection


    A loading dock must be properly designed for safety and the efficient movement of product over the dock. This course outlines some of the basic design considerations for the site and the loading dock and examines the selection criteria for four dock equipment categories: gap bridging (dock levelers), safety, weather protection, and lighting equipment.



    Learning Objectives

    Identify general loading dock dangers and the safety measures that can be taken to mitigate the risk of injury or fatality due to physical hazards.

    Explain how efficient loading dock site design related to dock approach, apron space, dock configuration, dock positioning, and number of docks promotes the safe movement of vehicles, pedestrian traffic, and dock workers.

    Distinguish between six types of dock levelers, describing their operation, use, and standard safety features, and specify the appropriate dock leveler capacity for optimal durability and safety.

    Discuss how loading dock safety equipment, including vehicle restraints, bumpers, and dock edge protection, prevents vehicle movement during loading/unloading; prevents impact with the building, other dock equipment, and personnel; and provides a physical barrier to prevent falls.

    Differentiate between a dock seal and a dock shelter, summarizing how they contribute to energy savings, worker safety and productivity, and freight protection and security.