Trailer stands fit snugly underneath loaded trailers at your loading dock.  They guard against collapse of the landing gear due to old age, lack of certainty about load weight, uneven loads and inertial forces of loading and unloading caused by powered equipment like forklifts. 

OSHA’s Powered industrial trucks standard, at 29 CFR 1910.178(k)(3), with regards to trailer stands states that: they“… may be necessary to support a semi-trailer and prevent upending during loading or unloading when the trailer is not coupled to a tractor.”  Anywhere Federal Osha standards are enforced trailer stands are required.  If your workplace or state does not comply with OSHA regulations than please refer to your state regulations. 

 Among the key safety measures in the workplace, trailer stands keep your loading dock running smoothly and prevent costly shutdowns, injuries or worse during day to day operations.  Trailer stands are a safeguard against vendors or operators that have not done proper maintenance or inspection on the trailers landing gear coming into your loading dock.  Loads are often dropped at busy loading docks or when arrival is too late or too early.  Prevent clean up and the hassle of a damaged trailer clogging up the arteries of your business with a sound policy on the use of trailer stands. 

 We carry a variety of different models of trailer stand.  Our models are ergonomic, easy to use, and can be set up and taken down with proven reliability.  Our heavy-duty  stands are suited for high traffic and low traffic docks.  They are easily portable wheeled units that deliver high static load capacities of up to 100,000lbs.  Look over our individual models for more information.  Our heavy-duty IWI Auto-Stand and Auto-Stand plus as well as our rachet top and twinpost models are there to preform while meeting your needs day in and out at a great value.  Click on your model of choice for specs and pricing. 

The Risk of Not Using Trailer Stands

With tractors disengaged from semi-trailers they sit on the landing gear. When they are “spotted” on the landing gear they are more vulnerable to the stresses created by the combined weights of cargo and forklifts. Trailers can tilt or upend, landing gear can collapse, creating terrible outcomes for workers caught within, damage to cargo and the flow of products at your loading dock due to a potential shutdown. The semi-trailer’s safety while spotted is impacted by factors such as weight, number of axles, landing gear position and forklift position or operation. Knowing the cause and effect relationship for every load and every trailer is beyond the scope of operators even with decades of experience. This is a guessing game that can make loading and unloading a high risk activity. Trailer stands are there to guard against uneven loads, inertia caused by forklift movement and improperly inspected or damaged landing gear. IWI’s line up of trailer stands are available in a variety of models to suit your needs. These great trailer stands are easily moved around your loading dock with minimal effort and are user friendly for all your workers. Find out more about specs and application by clicking on your model of interest.