Loading Dock Safety System uses trapped key concept.

Press Release Summary:

Designed to eliminate threat of accidental drive-aways, DSS Dock Safety System protects dock workers by forcing safe sequence of actions to be followed. With system, loading dock door cannot be opened until trailer brakes are locked. Once trailer brake glad-hand is set, glad-hand key is released, allowing loading dock door to be opened. Compatible with all vehicle types, DSS System ensures compliance with government safety regulations, without wheel chocks or restraints.

Original Press Release:

Prevent Unscheduled Truck Departures and Protect Dock Workers with New DSS Loading Dock Safety System from Omron STI

Cost-effective trapped key system eliminates the threat of accidental drive-aways and ensures conformity to relevant government safety standards

FREMONT, CA - Omron Scientific Technologies, Inc. introduces the DSS Trapped Key Loading Dock Safety System. This cost-effective system protects dock workers by enforcing a safe sequence of actions. It installs quickly to minimize site disruption. DSS is also easy to use because it uses the trapped key concept - in essence this means that the loading dock door cannot be opened until the trailer brakes are locked. Once the trailer brake glad-hand is set, the glad-hand key is released allowing the loading dock door to be opened. This versatile solution works with all vehicle types and can interlock with other existing dock safety products. The DSS system also ensures compliance with government safety regulations, without wheel chocks or restraints.

"OSHA reports that each year, about 4800 loading dock accidents are the result of a lift truck running off the loading dock, and that doesn't include near misses that oftentimes aren't even reported," says John Peabody, Vice President Integration Services, Omron STI. "The problem of unauthorized truck departures at a dock during the loading or unloading of a trailer is obviously a very dangerous reality for many companies."

DSS is a simple and effective three step loading dock safety system. Operators simply lock the trailer brakes, open the loading dock door (automatic outdoor or manual indoor options are available) and safely load/unload and depart. This engineered control solution utilizes the braking system of the trailer as the restraint. When air is released from the trailer's brake line, the mechanical brakes automatically engage. The system keeps the brakes locked until loading / unloading is complete. The trapped key system ensures that the proper safe sequence is followed every time.

About Omron STI

Omron Scientific Technologies, Inc. is a North American provider of automation safeguarding products and services. Omron STI safety products and integration services are used to protect workers around machinery, automated equipment and industrial robots in a wide variety of applications and markets, including semiconductor, automotive, medical, electronics manufacturing, packaging and consumer markets.

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc., 6550 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont, CA 94555; 1-800-479-3658; (510) 608-3400; fax: (510) 744-1442; sales@sti.com; www.sti.com.

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