Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc., designer and manufacturer of industrial safety gates for warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities, has designed new dock safety gate models that provide fall protection for employees working on loading docks.
Celebrating 35 years in business this year, Mezzanine Safeti-Gates has designed dual-gate safety systems used in thousands of manufacturing and material handling facilities throughout the world. Over the last 35 years, the company has continued to create new innovative dual-gate safety gate models for industrial facilities. With the new Dock safety gates, the company continues its expansion into loading dock operations, and now offers ten standard models in addition to custom designed solutions.
The Dock safety gate safeguards loading dock operations that consists of a tractor trailer backing up to an elevated section of the facility so material can be loaded and unloaded from the trailer. When the trailer is in place, the safety gate is open and elevated dock area remains safe. To open, the Dock safety gate rolls across the floor and compacts into the open position. A hydraulic assist mechanism allows for easy, ergonomic operation. Once the truck drives away, the ledge at the end of the elevated loading dock is safeguarded with a barrier that is closed.
The compact design of the Dock safety gate takes up a minimum amount of width in the dock, and can fit in locations with limited height. The Dock gate model can also be configured to automatically close and lock into place as truck drives away, forming a barrier for employees working on the dock as well as a feature that prevents the gate from opening if a truck is not present. The locking mechanism is activated when the truck is in place at the dock, and released as the truck drives away, automatically closing the gate in a slow, controlled manner.
“A dual-gate safety system like we traditionally provide interferes with dock workflow, so we knew it was not a viable option for fall protection for all loading docks,” said Aaron Conway, president of Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc. “While that traditional dock safety gate works in many environments, we wanted to create something that would provide an option that automatically provides protection for dock workers, who are often tired and focused on moving material in and out of the truck quickly. After testing a number of designs, our engineering team create a solution that will benefit employees working on the dock.”
The Dock-Lift safety gate models meet OSHA and ANSI codes for fall protection, and can be designed to fit any width. It can be painted in any color or supplied in all stainless steel construction. The company’s line of dual-gate safety systems provides a controlled access area and maintain a safe environment at all times, ensuring OSHA, ANSI and IBC compliance.