Dock Safety: Where There's A Wheel, There's A Way

Molson-Coors Brewery and Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona have had no accidents at their docks since switching to the Power Chock from GRM Safety Inc.


“Often the dock door damage happens when a company does staging and a lift truck operator doesn’t see an empty skid or pallet and pushes it through the door,” says Jette. “For many companies, this is a recurring problem, and they’re seeing two or three dock doors hit each week.”

The Clear to Go system is comprised of a barrier whose pivot is designed to sustain impact. In the case of an accidental maneuver, the barrier—posted in front of the dock door—is struck before the door can be hit. Upon impact, the barrier separates from the pivot and an audible alarm is trigger, advising employees of the impending risk. Once separated, the barrier can be set back into place in a few seconds.

The Clear to Go system is designed not to break. “The unit’s arm disassembles, because it’s held with a patented magnetic joint—you can hit it many times without breaking it,” says Jette.

GMR has customers throughout Canada and the U.S., and is expanding to Europe. Jette says GMR works with each customer on a one-to-one basis. “We look at their objectives and go through our portfolio of products and figure out what will fit best their operations and their budget. We take a lot of things into account, such as their traffic, the types of drivers they have (in-house vs. outside carriers) and also the merchandise they move. We like to interface our equipment with other existing equipment to provide 100 percent safety.”

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