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Is Your Commercial Garage Door In Good Working Order?
May 26, 2023 by Cornell
Garage doors are essential in a lot of industries, from warehouses to food and hospitality. But, old, unmaintained, or broken doors can quickly become safety hazards.
Commercial overhead doors are usually one of the biggest moving parts of a facility. They’re heavier than residential doors and under constant pressure from continuous use. Commercial doors can also be damaged by industrial equipment like forklifts and trucks. Rolling doors are equipped with many standard safety features, but failure to maintain garage doors can have devastating consequences.
If you want to ensure your garage door is in good working order, here are some ideas you might want to try.
Increasing Garage Door Safety
Get your commercial door inspected
Good garage door safety starts withpreventative maintenance. You’ll need to hire a professional to inspect and service your door at least twice a year. Doors in high-traffic areas and doors that are damaged or older should consider annual or quarterly maintenance. Find an authorized rolling door dealernear you to set up a routine maintenance plan. Never attempt a DIY repair or maintenance on your commercial door.
Keep your eyes (and ears) out for garage door problems
Although garage doors are relatively simple systems on the surface, they have a lot of stored energy. Instabilities in the system, like improper spring tension, fraying cables, roller bearing issues, loose mounting pads, and obstructed tracks can create a safety hazard. Listen for screeching and grinding, which can indicate damage to your tracks and rollers.
Set workplace safety standards
If you’re part of a facilities management team, chances are that accident prevention is top of mind. Setting rules and placing signs can help remind employees about proper garage door operation and safety. In this blog post, McKee outlines effective tips to keep warehouse employees safe.
“At McKee, our number one priority is keeping our associates safe,” said Matt Girard, President. “In addition, we know that there is no greater asset to our customers than their employees. This is a part of the foundation on which we have built McKee. From inspection, recommendations, installation, training, and maintenance, you can be sure you’re in good hands with McKee. Safety is always our number one concern.”
Train employees to safely operate your overhead door
Your local door dealer can provide valuable safety training and tips. Training gives your employees the skills and knowledge to identify garage door safety hazards, report them, and solve them. In the long run, safety training programs not only maintain a healthy work environment but also increase overall employee satisfaction.Commercial garage doors are like any other piece of industrial equipment. If not operated properly, they can be dangerous. Maintenance, training, and safety standards can make a world of difference in preventing injuries and sustaining a secure environment.