Overhead doors in shipping and receiving areas are often quite large in both width and height. They are meant to accommodate the size of the many shipping trucks that come through awaiting cargo. If your industry has some large overhead doors that are not quite as large as they could be, you may want to warn drivers of this aspect long before you begin receiving, loading, and shipping goods. Truck drivers usually have an idea of just how large their trucks are, and will need to know that if they back up or pull into your delivery bay they will not crash or crunch the tractors or cargo trailers of their rigs. Here are some steps you can take to help.
Taking Exact Measurements of Your Overhead Doors and the Open Space Around
If you have no idea how big your company's overhead doors are, get a couple of employees together with a tape measure that is at least thirty feet long and measure the doors. Next, measure the openings of the doors because the openings are the truest measurement of how much truck will clear. Finally, measure the amount of open space around the overhead doors.
The amount of open space outside the doors tells you how much exterior clearance you have for delivery trucks, while the openings of the doors tells you how much tractor or trailer can fit through or up to the openings for loading and unloading. The exact size of the doors is what other companies will ask you when they want to know how big your delivery bay doors are in comparison to the doors they have and the space they utilize for shipping.
Ordering Metal Signs That Alert Drivers to the Amount of Clearance Present
Be sure to order the metal signs you can affix to the exterior walls of your receiving bays and overhead doors well in advance. (While you wait for another company to manufacture and ship the signs to you, your employees will have to flag down truck drivers and manually wave them in on turn-by-turn directions.) You can choose small square signs that you can mount to the panels of your overhead doors or off to the side next to the doors. You can also order signs that connect to a vertical bar showing drivers just how tall a truck or trailer can be to pass through/ drive under the overhead doors.