The Manual Surface Wheel Chock – A Versatile Wheel Restraint Solution

manual surface wheel chock

Loading dock safety often incorporates both low and high-tech solutions that work together to prevent accidents. Another common lower-tech piece of equipment used is the wheel chock. OSHA regulates the use of wheel chocks at every loading dock where trucks load and unload to mitigate dangers like trailer creep. Beuschel Sales offers a range of wheel chocks to our customers, including the manual surface wheel chock

Mechanical Means to Secure Trucks or Trailers to a Loading Dock

OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.178 requires that vehicle operators set their truck and trailer brakes and block their wheels when they load or unload in order to prevent vehicle movement. They must place wheel chocks under both rear wheels. At least two wheel chocks must be used and are used often in conjunction with other methods to prevent the trailer from moving when docked. 

The Manual Surface Wheel Chock

Beuschel Sales offers Kelley’s manual surface wheel chock to provide loading docks with a versatile wheel restraint solution. The manual surface wheel chock is capable of engaging and restraining a wide range of trailers, including trucks with pup and lift gate trailers, damaged rear-impact guards, or different axle configurations. Its restraining arm engages the wheel near the height of the axle which ensures better capture, and it can restrain up to 32,000 pounds of force. 

This simplicity of this chock makes it easy to install and operate. It has an ergonomic, non-impact design that enables the user to easily maneuver it for simple and safe operation. The operator does not have to bend or lift to engage or disengage the restraint, which means less stress on their back and body.

Its design includes an interlock-capable control panel, standard LED communication lights, an exterior audible alarm, and advanced safe engagement sensors. It also comes with an exterior-mounted “caution” sign with standard and reversed lettering for the vehicle driver. These safety features work together to provide effective and efficient communication between the dock employee and the restraint operator.

Because of their simple design, manual surface wheel chocks require minimal maintenance – which makes them more affordable over their lifetime. 

Other feature include: 

  • Heavy-duty, hot dip galvanized steel components which ensure long structural life
  • Guide rail and end cap deflector designed to withstand the weight of off-center trailers
  • 10’ (3 m) standard length and 6’ (1.8 m) engagement range effectively securing the trailer’s wheels instead of the Rear Impact Guard (RIG)

If you’re looking for a simple restraining solution at your loading dock, manual surface wheel chocks are one answer. Call us at Beuschel Sales with any loading dock questions. We will be happy to find a solution for a wide variety of problems. 

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