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Loading docks are busy places in the industrial sector. Trucks bring trailers that need to be loaded and unloaded regularly, and the faster it can be done, the better. Trailers can be backed up right to the loading dock, but there is often a gap between the back of the trailer and the dock. A dock plate bridges this gap, making it easier to roll dollies and hand trucks over the gap.

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The Many Benefits of Dock Plates

  • Convenience. Avoid stepping over the gap and attempting to roll hand trucks over the gap between truck and dock. It’s easier for the driver of the truck to back the trailer up to the dock without having to be perfectly accurate. Dock plates can be stored with the trailer or at the loading dock.

  • Safety. The gap without a dock plate is a safety hazard. Workers could be injured by stepping into the gap or tripping over the edge of the trailer or dock. Hand trucks could get stuck and cause injury. The dock plate provides a smooth, non-slip surface for all traffic into and out of the trailer when loading and unloading.

  • Increased productivity. Loading and unloading moves much quicker with a dock plate in place. Workers can move easily without having to constantly watch their step. Hand trucks roll smoothly in and out of the trailer.

  • Affordable. Dock plates are an affordable option when compared to other loading dock equipment. Made of aluminum, they are designed for foot traffic or hand truck use only. They do not support heavy machinery.

Dock Plates Benefit All Parties Involved

People and businesses involved in the loading and unloading process can benefit from dock plates. The shipper, the truck driver, the receiver, the loaders, and unloaders—all jobs are made easier. Call Carolina Material Handling at (800) 822-8833