On Wednesday, March 13th, Modern Materials Handling, a publication dedicated to providing comprehensive coverage of the materials handling field, published an article that quoted Cory Thomas, Wildeck’s resident guarding products expert.


The article, entitled Equipment Report: Dock Equipment’s Moment in the Sun, examined the impact of increased production on the most overlooked area of warehouses and distribution centers: the loading dock area. With more products flowing through a facility on a continual basis, the need for quality loading dock equipment and an understanding of best practices has become readily apparent.


While solutions to this multi-faceted problem come in all shapes and sizes, Thomas shared his sentiments that bigger and more expensive pieces of equipment are not always the best answer. For instance, one way to achieve enhanced loading dock safety is to create clearly defined traffic lanes for pedestrians and forklifts. Unencumbered by slower moving foot traffic, forklifts can load and unload materials more quickly. In addition to increasing the facility’s operational efficiency, this best practice also enhances safety by significantly decreasing the potential for a collision between the two parties.


Companies looking to implement Thomas’ sound safety advice know that investing in Wildeck’s Wilgard® Steel Guard Rail Systems is the best choice. Available in three levels of impact resistance (XTra Tough, Medium Toughness and Lighter Toughness), Wildeck’s guard rail systems offer a wider range of impact resistance than any other U.S. manufacturer.


In addition to a comprehensive suite of guarding products, Wildeck offers a range of protective gate solutions that create safe access for any working height (floor level, loading dock, elevated platform or mezzanine). Designed to ensure that personnel and equipment are protected from exposed/open ledges at all times, Wildeck’s line of protective gates have been proven to contribute to a safer, more efficient work environment.


At Wildeck, we believe that material handling solutions should be simple and effective. Employees bogged down with excessive safety procedures are more likely to take shortcuts and be involved in accidents. This is why all our products are designed with the end-user in mind. Wildeck’s protective barriers and gates offer a simple, cost-effective way to enhance the safety in your facility.


If you are interested in learning more about Wildeck’s line of tough, tested and trusted guarding products, contact us at info@wildeck.com or (800) 325-6939. Our team of solution experts are ready to help you achieve your facility’s safety goals.