If you frequently have lorries unloading and loading at your premises, then it is quite likely you are using a dock leveller, which is a system that makes the back end of the lorry or the trailer at the same height as the loading bay by bridging the gap which makes unloading more secure and efficient. The dock leveller moves up and down depending on the height of the trailer, which means you can use this system to accept even the most awkward of lorries into your loading area or factory.
As with any type of machinery or moving equipment, from time to time things do go wrong. By making sure that you regularly service your dock leveller you can help to make sure that they remain in top working order for the majority of their life, as you will only realise the impact of not actually doing this when they fail to work, costing you money and time in lost business and also trying to get the system repaired and working again.
There are many reasons why you should make sure that you have your dock leveller (s) serviced but the main two are basically down to health and safety and efficiency.
From a safety point of view, if you do not make sure your dock leveller is safe and working well it can be a major problem when it comes to the welfare of your employees and you can also find yourself in a whole heap of trouble if someone got injured due to broken equipment. As with any piece of equipment in your workplace, you must make sure that it is safe and operational at all times to keep your business running.
From an efficiency point of view, if your dock leveller is continually breaking down or working slowly then you are going to end up losing money in terms of lost business and trade. For every lorry you have to turn away from your factory you are losing immediate money, and that doesn’t even take into account any future money you might lose from the lorry companies you had to turn away due to the equipment being broken.
It is absolutely crucial that if you own or use dock levellers you should employ a specialist company to actually come in and service the dock levellers on a regular basis. It is much better to be proactive than reactive and by this we mean that if you keep on top of your servicing and make sure that your levellers are looked at often, you can usually spot and deal with any problems that are present to stop them turning into a major issue.