Boost Loading Dock Safety and Efficiency with Rite-Hite Dok-Guardian

Jayson Stuffel

Jayson Stuffel

May, 2024

Success for many industries begins with the loading dock. It’s a vital gateway for product to enter and exit a facility. At the loading dock, we find continuous movement of semi-trucks, PIT’s (powered industrial trucks), and even pedestrians. Therefore, safety is key. To keep people safe, product protected, and the dock running efficiently, protection of this gateway and the fall hazards associated with it is crucial. Rite-Hite, a world leader in the manufacture, sale, and service of various industrial solutions, introduces the Dok-Guardian Safety Barrier, an innovative product that increases safety and efficiency at the loading dock.

What is the Dok-Guardian Safety Barrier?

The Rite-Hite Dok-Guardian is a safety barrier product designed to prevent unexpected and dangerous drop-offs at the loading dock. Most loading docks are designed to create seamless transitions between trailers and the inside of a warehouse. Therefore, most facilities have a dock height of around 48” to make the transition as level and even as possible. To ensure product and personnel can safely maneuver near these 48” drop-offs, the Rite-Hite Dok-Guardian Safety Barrier acts as shield from falls and other accidents associated with busy loading dock environments. In 2022, OSHA cited “Fall Protection” as the #1 most cited violations, more than double the next most.

What is the Dok-Guardian Safety Barrier?

The Rite-Hite Dok-Guardian is a safety barrier product designed to prevent unexpected and dangerous drop-offs at the loading dock. Most loading docks are designed to create seamless transitions between trailers and the inside of a warehouse. Therefore, most facilities have a dock height of around 48” to make the transition as level and even as possible. To ensure product and personnel can safely maneuver near these 48” drop-offs, the Rite-Hite Dok-Guardian Safety Barrier acts as shield from falls and other accidents associated with busy loading dock environments. In 2022, OSHA cited “Fall Protection” as the #1 most cited violations, more than double the next most.

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Intelligent Design

One of the great features of Dok-Guardian is the adaptability to work in loading docks of differing shape and layout. The product comes in a number of different working sizes and is designed to function in tight spaces needed to maximize productivity and efficiency. The Dok-Guardian is designed as a stand-alone curtain safety system but is also engineered to work in tighter dock areas where space between doors is limited, using a common member post that connects multiple safety barrier curtains continuously with a single warden.

While serving as a bright, visible warning, the red and yellow curtain from the Heavy Duty Dok-Guardian is designed to withstand up to 30,000 lbs. Alternatively, Rite-Hite has engineered the Dok-Guardian Light-Duty safety barrier for applications that require only 5,500 lbs. Last, and certainly not least, the Dok-Guardian XL maintains that 30,000 lbs of stopping strength, while standing at 58” high. This increased height meets guardrail requirements under OSHA 1910.29.

Dok-Guardian BLAST Ratings

Source: Rite-Hite

As always, though, safety is king. The Dok-Guardian safety barrier offers several safety features that help reduce personnel injury and production downtime. The easy-to-use curtain pulls or retracts manually but also offers an interlock safety feature that enhances dock protection. This feature integrates with the Rite-Hite Dok-Lok system, ensuring communication to personnel inside the dock when function of the dock is safe to continue.

Conclusion

In an ever-evolving industrial landscape where safety and efficiency are a top priority, Rite-Hite Dok-Guardians emerge as an essential component for the bustling loading dock environment. The smart design, advanced safety features, and overall adaptability make this product a must for customers who want to maximize efficiency, productivity, and safety at their docks. By investing in Rite-Hite’s Dok-Guardian safety barriers, businesses can ultimately protect the asset most valuable to overall success, their people.

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