Thursday 18th Oct 2018 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Loading dock safety enhanced

Unauthorised vehicle departure from a loading dock is one of the most common hazards in the warehouse. Kelloggs has a strong commitment to safety and has invested in four vehicle locking systems and four safety barriers from Caljan Rite-Hite, to reduce the number of early departure and trailer creep accidents.

The Kelloggs manufacturing facility in Wrexham, North Wales was built in 1978 and employs 500 people, including 45 dock operatives. Nine people per shift unload and load products onto the vehicles in the loading bay area. Kelloggs wanted to provide a safer environment for its workers and so decided to purchase a vehicle restraint system from Caljan Rite-Hite on a three-month trial.

Caljan Rite-Hite is the UK’s leading manufacturer of advanced material handling systems for loading and unloading cargo.

Its Global Wheel Lok (GWL) is a trailer restraint for vehicles with rear axles up to 4,000mm from the back of the trailer. These are typically found on continental container vehicles. The Dok Guardian Safety BarrierTM is a manually positioned barrier that helps prevent forklift trucks and pedestrians from falling off loading docks.

Roger Sumner, warehouse engineer at Kelloggs, investigated several other systems before deciding on Caljan Rite-Hite as the supplier. “Following the trial we concluded that the GWL is the best product for securing our trailers and reducing the potential for accidents resulting from unplanned vehicle departure. A feature we particularly like is the automatic positioning of the lockarm that holds the vehicle in place. The obvious benefit is that the trailer can only leave the loading dock when the team loading the trailer decides. We have been so pleased with the results, we have invested in a further four GWLs, plus four Dok Guardians as additional methods of improving safety.”