Discussion:
Wheel Chocks vs Dock Locks

I have had dock locks ( wheels also chocked ) save my bacon on a few occasions when the driver left his tandems forward.

While unloading a trailor I have had the trailor move ( the tandem slipped and the wheels stayed where they were ) The dock lock kept the trailor from moving far enough out to drop the leveler and I was able to get off the trailor without incident.

I would greatly prefer that the drivers make sure that their tandems are all the way back prior to dropping their trailor or backing up to my dock. ( the tandem cannot slip back if it is already all the way back ) Some companies require this but there seems to be no teeth in it.

just my.02
  • Posted 6 Dec 2005 05:13
  • Discussion started by Honden
  • Georgia, United States
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Honden, your.02 is worth big bucks. We tell operators that the tandems must be all the way back and chocks must be on the rear-most wheels in order for chocks to work properly. We need the impact loading of the forklift truck entering the trailer to have as much downward vertical loading toward the chocks as possible rather than a forward directional loading which tends to push the chocks rather than seating the tire against them. Your point is excellent and this kind of detail cannot be found in many training programs.
  • Posted 27 Feb 2006 07:18
  • Reply by john_j
  • Ohio, United States
John J

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