The Rite-Hite Dok-Guardian XL Safety Barrier from Rite-Hite, Milwaukee, Wis., is designed to help facilities with loading docks comply with walking-working surfaces regulations mandated by OSHA.

At 58 inches tall (nearly 5 feet tall), the Dok-Guardian XL provides a physical barrier at loading dock opening, and can stop up to 30,000 pounds of force.

Made from bright red PVC-coated fiberglass mesh curtain and four yellow heavy-duty polyester restraint straps, the Dok-Guardian XL provides a strong visual and physical barrier to mitigate potential falls from dock openings. Operated manually, this 58-inch-tall curtain stretches across openings up to 12-foot, 5-inches wide. The barrier is anchored on both sides of a dock opening with Rite-Hite steel warden guards (62 inches tall), which house the mesh curtain during loading/unloading and provides door track protection.

A light duty model is also available, capable of stopping up to 5,500 pounds of force, which is recommended for facilities using pallet jacks or smaller material handling equipment.

The Dok-Guardian XL can be interlocked with a Rite-Hite Dok-Lok vehicle restraint to create a requisite sequence of operation, ensuring full-time loading dock safety. The red light on the Dok-Lok control box indicates when the Dok-Guardian XL’s curtain is safely locked across the opening. When the lock button is pressed, the light turns green and the Dok-Guardian XL curtain releases to allow for easy loading and unloading of a trailer.