Oct 13, 2016
Why Should You Use Wheel Chocks? Ensuring Additional Driveway Safety
The work of a wheel chock is to prevent a wheel rolling when the vehicle is required to be stationary or when in parking. Trucks in dock areas need this additional safety precaution to ensure that they don’t move when they are not needed to move since this might result in an unnecessary catastrophe. It will interest you to know that the application of wheel chocks is not limited to industries and dock set ups alone, but it is a safety precaution embraced even by the military and also entrenched in legal acts to make its use compulsory in setup ups where heavy moving machinery can roll and cause serious accidents.
For instance, standard procedure within the army dictates that military cargo planes must be chocked on the runway. It may be difficult to comprehend why such a massive military hardware needs chocking yet they operate with highly advanced breaking systems, but this should be a subtle reminder on the importance of using chocking wheels as an added safety precaution when dealing with heavy trailers and truck beds. Highlighted below are some of the importance of using wheel chocks for added safety while parking-:
Additional safety at the docks
As intimated earlier, one of the primary applications of wheel chocks is to prevent accidental slippage or movement of heavy vehicles. In the docks, there is always a lot of loading and unloading taking place at any given time. The tracks and the machinery involved in the dock operations bear considerable weights and any slight roll of the wheels during loading or unloading is bound to have catastrophic consequences.
Wheel chocks are therefore used along with truck restraints to prevent such unnecessary slippages from occurring and add more safety in the docks. The chocks are available for various applications, and they can also be used under varying conditions. For instance, you can choose locks suitable for use in wet or cold areas or you can choose aluminum chocks for warehouse or garage applications.
Compliance with safety regulations
It is a compliance requirement by Occupation, Safety and Health Acts (OSHA) that every truck accessing the dock areas must be chocked during the loading and unloading processes. It is thus not adequate to post safety precaution signage at the docks and hope that all operators will be conscious about the safety implications. You need to have in mind that there will always be certain careless people who will never have any regards for the safety measures at the dock, and this makes it imperative to have the chocks on at all times a truck is loading or unloading. Without doing so, you will not be in compliance with the OSHA requirements for dock safety, and in addition to risking the lives of the dock workers, you also risk going to jail for endangering the lives of others negligence of the dock safety requirements.
Rubber Wheel Chocks are the best
Rubber wheel chocks are preferred for most applications due to the inherent advantages they have over other types of chocks. These chocks are weather proof, scratch resistant and they are not affected by changes in temperature, hence they will never freeze your hand during the cold weathers. Rubber wheel chocks have also been designed to be non-slip in accordance with the requirements of OSHA. The fact that they are available in different sizes increases the versatility in their applications because they can be used with rail tracks, cars, or aircrafts when loading or unloading.
How to use wheel chocks the right way
Below are a few basic guidelines to show you the proper use of the wheel chocks-:
Use the chocks in pairs, most importantly when you are not certain of the terrain.
The chocks should be placed snugly against the tires and be sure to not place them on wet surfaces as this may make them slip and allow the wheels to roll.
If the vehicle is parked on an oily surface, move it to a safe place before placing the chocks.
Don’t drive over the chocks or applying the chocks when the breaks are not yet on.
Have in mind that improper use of the chocks can render insurances, warranties and compliance to safety regulations null should there be an accident.
Always remember to put safety first and use wheel chocks whenever appropriate to prevent vehicles and trucks from moving during loading or unloading. The result of such negligence could prove to be disastrous.