One of the most important and most often overlooked pieces of equipment in a warehouse is the loading dock leveler.
Maintaining your dock leveler may seem like a minor thing. But, failure to keep up with the maintenance of this piece of equipment is dangerous. It could shut down your facility. That, of course, would end up costing you much more than regular upkeep fees.
Here are a few reasons why it is important to keep up with the regular maintenance of this vital tool so you can keep your warehouse running at 100%.
Avoiding More Costly Repairs
Anyone who has ever chipped a windshield can tell you how fast a tiny crack can become a huge problem.
The same principle goes for your dock leveler — a small and easy fix can become a massive headache if it isn’t dealt with immediately. Something minor, such as an issue with the mainspring, can even wind up shutting down your loading dock for a few days.
Regular checks and maintenance can catch and fix these small problems before they can turn into massive long-term damage.
Safe Work Environment
Worker safety should always be one of your biggest priorities. After all, you can’t have a business without employees – so their health and wellbeing should always come first.
A loading dock without a dock leveler can be a dangerous place. It’s rare that trucks line up with the edge of your loading dock, and if there is a gap of any size, accidents are more likely to happen.
Dock workers steer forklifts over ledges by accident a lot more often than you may think.
A dock leveler helps to prevent these kinds of accidents, and any damages and injuries they may incur, by getting everything on the same level.
If you fail to keep up with proper maintenance on your dock leveler, you risk losing access to this helpful tool. You also risk damaging other equipment and injuring your employees.
Maintaining Your Mechanical Dock Leveler
Regular maintenance of all your equipment should be one of your top priorities — your loading dock leveler included.
Failing to keep up with basic maintenance could end up costing you and your company. Not to mention it could pose a serious safety risk to all your workers.
If you’re considering installing a dock leveler, or need to get your current dock leveler repaired, we can help.
Contact us, we’re here to make sure your warehouse is working to the best of its abilities.