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Impactable Dock Doors Help Increase Warehouse Safety by Josh Brown All photos courtesy TKO Doors SAFETY STATISTICS ARE A DRAMATIC WAY TO GET PEOPLE’S ATTENTION TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN A FACILITY’S SAFETY EFFORTS, LOADING DOCK EQUIPMENT (IN THIS CASE, THE DOORS), AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI) WHEN SPECIFYING EQUIPMENT FOR A PROJECT. Recent studies by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) such as, OS NR 11/07/2013 News Release: Workplace Injuries and Illnesses–2012, noted there are almost three million work-related injuries and illnesses recorded annually. Of those, a large percentage of all recordable injuries result from slip-and-fall hazard injuries that can cost companies several billions of dollars per year. 1 An example of the easiest way to avoid slips and falls in a warehouse facility involves trying to eliminate or control the hazards. Many of these can be avoided by specifying the proper loading dock doors. Workplace injuries The 2007 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index indicates falls were the second leading cause of all workplace injuries—with 13.6 percent of direct costs associated with such injuries adding up to a staggering $6 billion. Additionally, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates workers’ compensation and medical costs associated with employee slip-and-fall accidents are approximately $70 billion annually, and there is little relief in sight. Loss of productivity is often a side effect of worker injury. On average, workers who are injured as a result of a slip-and-fall accident spend more days away from work than those hurt by other causes. When considering workplace falls, most people immediately think of falls from a height, yet, the BLS 74 the construction specifier | april 2014 CS_April_2014.indd 74 3/18/2014 3:07 PM