Side Load Dock Well - Picture with Definition
A side load dock well allows for access to containers in a truck court with very limited depth off of a grade level warehouse. This is a reasonable solution for warehouses without a standard truck loading area. Simply put, the truck pulls in parallel with the side of the warehouse and backs into the dock well - a sloped and paved hole in the wall - to the point where the back of the container is even with the dock. In this case, the dock height is 4 ‘ from the bottom of the truck well. A similar side configuration for a grade level building involves installing an elevated dock. In the attached photos, there is a awning attached to the building and covering to dock area. Installing an awning helps to protect fork lifts and materials being loaded/unloaded. This well is fair in design as it is wide enought to facilitate trucks needing to back up to the dock and looks to possibly be able to handle 2 containers at one time. The only apparent drawbacks are that the well is fairly short, which increases the slope of the container, and the fact that water collects in the dock - which should really be dealt with. The slope CAN cause issues for heavy freight loading/unloading.
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