A new loading dock interlock system has been developed by engineering design and project management firm Lorien Engineering Solutions.
It has been developed in response to the needs of a forward-thinking Lorien client in the North West of England which required an accident-proof system that would eliminate the potential for accidents as lorries pull away from loading docks.
Northwich-based Frank Roberts & Sons has undergone a multi – million pound investment, installing the innovative interlock systems to its loading bays.
The Lorien system comprises a control panel in the main building, which is connected via electrical lead to the vehicle, effectively immobilising it until loading is complete and staff are clear of the loading area.
The driver of the vehicle is kept aware of what is happening behind him via an LED ‘traffic light’ system in the cabin which flashes from red to green when the system has been disconnected and he’s clear to drive away.
The system is suitable for companies which operate fixed wheel base vehicles and is currently on trial in the North West.
“Slips and falls are among the most common types of accidents that occur on loading docks, and many of them are serious,” said Tim Redfern. “Often companies don’t consider loading dock safety until an accident happens; we believe that this system eliminates the potential for miscommunication between driver and loader and therefore vastly reduces the potential for accidents.”