Commercial garage doors provide security, functionality and are an essential component of everyday operations. A commercial garage door is also a heavy-duty piece of equipment with powerful mechanisms and speed that can cause serious injury and even death. This highlights the importance of safety procedures when operating an industrial garage door.
Like other heavy-duty equipment, industrial garage doors should be operated safely to avoid accidents. In order to keep your employees safe, we recommend the following safety tips.
Some accidents occur not because of mechanical errors but of operator error. To reduce the risk of serious injury, it’s important to set rules that pertain to operating a commercial garage door and display these rules throughout the facility.
A few rules to inform your employees of are:
- Do not stand or walk under a moving industrial garage door
- Always keep your eye on the garage door when operating
- Always raise the garage door to a fully-open position
- Keep the area around the garage door free from obstruction
- Never operate an industrial garage door while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Operating a garage door is similar to operating heavy equipment, and employees should be trained as such. Limit the use of your commercial garage door strictly to employees who are trained and informed to use it. When training, it’s important to go over:
- The risks involved
- Emergency procedures
- Improper use
- Safety protocols
Schedule regular maintenance
The specialized machinery and power of an industrial garage door should always be handled by a trained and certified technician. For your and your employees’ safety, it’s never advisable to attempt a DIY repair or maintenance.
Having a regular maintenance schedule in place ensures that each garage door component and parts are working at an optimal level. A professional technician can identify possible hazards early on before becoming a more significant issue requiring an emergency repair.
The bottom line
For large warehouses, shipping facilities, retail establishments, and auto shops, commercial garage doors experience frequent use. Keeping your industrial garage door is critical for the safety and security of all employees and customers.