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  How Loading Dock Components Should Be Used
Loading docks serve as points of reaching and passing heavy loads to and from a building, loading truck or van. It can likewise be used as scaffolding or a stage. As with other support materials, the loading dock is designed for distinct functionality and durability. Prior to design, the primary importance of any construction material is insured safety and security. Loading docks carry heavy cargos and must tolerate loads as heavy as forklifts, large vehicles and even pedestrian traffic as it is likewise used as a footbridge.

Characteristics of Loading Docks

Accessibility and Convenience - the ramp must have enough width in order to ensure effectiveness and service of function. It must be fitted to the openings where it will be used. There are standard and different size ramps to ensure that they are made for generic purposes and use.

Functionality and Operation Information

Adjacency - ramps must be adjacent to the service path in order to lodge the transport of huge cargos.

Lodge Vehicles - some ramps have dock levellers that are able to accommodate vehicles.

Lighting - some ramps have lighting accessories for the purpose of vehicle interior illumination.

Boundary Protectors - loading docks must be installed with edge guards for safety measures.

Noise Reduction - noise reduction upon transmission of items should be taken into consideration to be able to promote ease of communication among the persons using the ramp.

Base - should be adjacent to the flooring where the docks are used.

Water Passage - the truck or flooring attached to the dock must be higher or must be adjustable to slope to prevent storage of water on the dock.

Security and Safety.

Blast Protection - this is to prevent progressive collapse and discriminating internal danger on inhabited spaces.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC) - HVACs are essential for controlling air pressures and barriers in compliance to material requirements.

Accident Avoidance - trips and falls are the most common accidents that happen on loading docks. With the load being carried by the dock, materials check and proper maintenance should be made as necessary insurance for safety.

Runaway Vehicle Prevention - put rear axle, wheel blocks or hook on vehicles loaded on the ramp in order to prevent accidental runaways.

Weather Protection of Users and Goods - an allowance of at least 4 feet from the edge of the platform should be covered to be able to provide shielding on the goods and the users.

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