Is it legal for a dock to not have doors?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by marvelousmack, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. marvelousmack

    marvelousmack Light Load Member

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    I might be working as a fork lift driver at a very narrow dock. dangerously narrow. and this company removed all their doors and don't even have a rope or chain in front of the doors. Obviously it isn't safe but if it's legal they can do what they want. I have never seen such a crappy dock. Is this not some type of safety or OSHA issue?
     
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  3. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

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    Lots of older docks were built without doors.
    But, yeah, you might have an OSHA issue
     
  4. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    i’ve seen plenty of outside docks, so an inside dock with no door should be fine. But I’m pretty sure they need to have a chain or some sort of gate in place when there is no trailer in the dock.
     
  5. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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  6. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Wear your seatbelt and keep your hands inside the ride at all times.
     
  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Yeah, those chains I used to see across the open dock doors would really stop you from going out the door on a forklift. Lol.
    But you can call OSHA and request a inspection. Anonymously. They might not even figure out who called.
     
  8. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Like a door or chain will stop a fork truck....

    Useless "safety" regulations that don't improve safety and makes the job more work.
     
  9. wore out

    wore out Numbered Classic

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    Pretty easy if you ain’t comfy don’t take the job. It’s not the gooberments place to protect you.
     
  10. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    An inside flatbed dock is just a 75 foot hole with yellow lines painted around it.
     
  11. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    I’m sure it’s legal. I’m also sure it’s quite the liability first time someone falls through it.

    Food for thought. Read the safety instructions (aka disclaimer) on your push style lawn mower. There’s a bit in there about use of the mower for unintended purposes.

    It’s there because some low brow, potato head tried to use one as a hedge clipper and whacked his hand off.

    Here’s the craziness of our legal system. He sued the lawn mower manufacturer and won because there wasn’t anything warning him he shouldn’t do that.

    Yup, you can’t fix stupid, but you can make one rich...
     
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