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Types of Dock Safety Equipment

Dock Equipment
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Loading docks are vital locations for every warehouse and industrial manufacturing facility. The equipment used at your loading dock directly influences the speed, accuracy, and safety of your daily operations. That is why it is crucial to understand the different types of dock safety equipment and how they can be used to enhance your processes. As leading providers of dock equipment and solutions for other areas of your facility, Commander Warehouse Equipment understands the importance of having the right tools for the job. That is why we have compiled some information on the most important types of dock equipment and how they are typically used.

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4 Important Types of Dock Safety Equipment

Dock safety equipment can be broken into 4 types based on their primary function. The types of dock safety equipment include:


This type of dock safety equipment is used to secure trailers to docks for safe loading and unloading. Security equipment is crucial for ensuring that the trailer does not move during operation. This type of equipment includes dock bumpers, chocks/wheel chocks, and trailer restraint systems.

Gap Bridging

Gap bridging equipment is crucial for aligning the floor of the dock with the floor of the shipping container or truck trailer. A variety of devices are used to close any gap or space between these two surfaces. Proper alignment and minimal distance between surfaces are crucial when using pallet jacks and forklifts. This type of equipment includes dock boards, dock plates, and dock ladders.


Due to the busy nature of loading docks, optimal visibility is crucial for maintaining safety. In addition to the rapid pace, loading docks can become crowded and cramped, minimizing visibility and increasing the chance of a collision. Proper use of visibility equipment can help to minimize the risk of collisions, trips, falls, and damage to products. Visibility equipment can include lighting systems, convex mirrors, and dome mirrors.

Pallet Handling

Certain warehouses and industrial facilities may require specialized equipment or attachments to safely handle pallets or retrieve them from trailers/containers. This type of equipment can include fork extensions and pallet pullers.

To learn more about our selection of dock safety equipment and other industrial solutions, reach out to the team at Commander Warehouse Equipment. We can be reached through our online contact form and are ready to deliver the perfect solution for your precise needs.

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