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Development of systematic evaluation tools for truck restraining devices at loading docks


During handling operations on loading docks, trucks sometimes start moving unexpectedly and cause a forklift and the worker driving it to fall. A means of prevention used by companies consists of installing a device for anchoring the truck to the dock. Several systems or means of retention are offered on the market, but all are not effective and reliable. An initial project has already resulted in the publication of an inventory of existing anchoring devices. In the present project, the authors have developed and validated a tool for systematically evaluating the safety of systems and means of retention according to the particular context of the dock and the company. Through a research report and 13 appendices, they present the results of the different aspects studied, which the readers can adapt to their own situation.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 0098-0230
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2004
  • Laurent Giraud (IRSST)
  • François Gauthier (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
  • Serge Massé (IRSST)
  • Jean-Guy Richard (IRSST)
  • Réal Bourbonnière (IRSST)
  • Renaud Daigle (IRSST)