Every year across the country, there are severe accidents in and around docking bays and tractor trailers during the loading and unloading of goods and materials. The consequences of these accidents can be devastating for loading dock personnel and equipment and inventory can be seriously damaged. The good news is that with the right vehicle restraint systems in place, many of these accidents can be avoided.

Since a large percentage of loading dock accidents occur due to forklift falls that result directly from truck creep or premature departure, having giant vehicle restraints installed can be one of the smartest choices you can make to increase the safety of your warehouse, equipment and, of course, of your loading dock personnel.

Mechanical &  Hydraulic Vehicle Restraint Systems

Ultimately, all properly operating vehicle restraint systems prevent tractor trailers from creeping, walking or prematurely departing loading docks. However, due to the physical motions associated with load handling or miscommunications between forklift operators and truck drivers, gaps between the rear of a trailer and the loading dock may occur without warning.

That’s why either hydraulic vehicle restraints or mechanical vehicle restraints are such popular choices for safety-conscious warehouse working environments. While either system can do the job it’s designed for, hydraulic vehicle restraints are known for their ability to function well even under the harshest conditions. On the other hand, mechanical vehicle restraints are operated manually, which means they’re fully functional even when you’re dealing with a power outage.

Both styles are an improvement over more traditional forms of wheel chocks that can slip or fail if not placed properly. What’s more, a vehicle restraint system combined with a light-activated communication system helps eliminate miscommunications between forklift operators and truck drivers.

McCall Handling Serves All Your Loading Dock Needs

Since 1948, the team at McCall Handling has been dedicated to supplying the Mid-Atlantic region with quality warehouse and loading dock equipment. During that time, we’ve repeatedly seen how safety and efficiency go hand-in-hand. So if you’re in the market for vehicle restraints, contact us today to learn more about which style of restraints would meet your loading dock needs.