Your commercial garage door is an important part of your workplace, but it can also be a danger if it’s not properly maintained. You can prevent commercial garage door-related accidents by keeping your garage door functioning properly, by installing high-quality commercial garage doors, and by making policies that promote proper garage door safety. Below are some of the tips that we suggest you follow if you’re trying to ensure that your workplace will be as safe as possible for your employees and customers.
Test the Safety Features
Become familiar with the safety features on your commercial garage door and test them on a regular basis. Garage doors are required to have a “reverse on contact” feature that means the doors must reverse if they close on an object that is not the ground where the door rests. You can test this feature by placing a 2×4 board in the path of the closing door. If the door doesn’t reverse course after touching the 2×4, the safety features may need to be replaced.
You can also test the garage door safety features by waiving a broom or pole in the path of the closing door, so it breaks the laser that passes between the photoelectric eyes, found about 6 inches above the ground on either side of the door’s opening. If you break the laser with the pole and the door doesn’t reverse course, this too is a sign that something is going wrong with the door. Hire a commercial garage door contractor to get the work done.
Make Policies that Promote Proper Safety
Proper garage door safety requires proper training and good policies to ensure that employees know how to use the garage door properly. Create a set of policies that answer important questions such as:
- Who is allowed to operate the door?
- What kind of training is used to operate the door?
- When should the door be opened and closed?
- Is there a procedure for locking the door? How is this done, who should do it, and when should the door be locked?
Put these policies in writing and train your employees to ensure everyone is on the same page while at work.
Install High-Quality Commercial Garage Doors
Most important of all to ensure that your commercial garage doors are safe for the people at your workplace is to install high-quality commercial garage doors. Installing good garage doors can help ensure that your doors will work properly when they’re needed, will be less likely to malfunction in a way that could cause injuries, and will require less maintenance in order to keep functioning.
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The first step to maintaining a safe commercial garage door is to install a door from a reputable company. Call Overhead Door Company of Oklahoma City to get started with the process.