When protecting worker’s rights, the Ontario Ministry of Labour is very proactive in scheduling health and safety blitz’s to the loading dock sector. Workplace injuries and fatalities can usually be averted with proper maintenance and service on loading dock equipment.

Dock levelers, mechanical, hydraulic and air powered along with vehicle restraints and lift tables should all be serviced at least twice a year and signed off on by the technician performing the task.

In 2014 these industrial warehousing safety blitz’s (to be held in February and March) are designed to enforce compliance of the manufacturer’s recommended service on each piece of equipment, thus decreasing injuries at the loading dock while raising awareness and increasing compliance with the OHSA.

If you do not have a recently signed work order to prove your equipment has been serviced by a recognized professional and your product in good working order, don’t wait until the ministry is at your facility’s door.  In February 2011, 1,089 workplaces received 1,285 blitz-related visits by Ministry of Labour inspectors. The inspectors issued 3,233 orders, including 84 stop work orders.

Pentalift can help your warehouse be ready by calling our service center now. Don’t delay.

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Mike Earle


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