It’s that time of year again – trips to the beach, backyard barbeques, and of course…the loading/unloading of sweltering hot trailers. Employees of distribution centers and other facilities are faced with this grueling task each and every summer. In many cases, these trailers are left sitting for days before they’re brought to the dock area – creating an oven effect by trapping in heat from prolonged sun exposure. Temperatures can reach in excess of 130°F! Fortunately, Patterson has worked to mitigate this issue with their TC (Truck Cooler) 18-inch fan and HVTC (High Velocity Truck Cooler aka “the Whistleblower”). However, a fan is only effective if it’s used properly, so this month we’ll focus on getting the most relief from your Patterson truck cooling solutions.
The prevailing myth amongst dock area employees is that they must point fans directly at them to receive the maximum benefit. Yet this will only provide temporary relief when at or near the dock door opening. As the employee moves away from the dock door, they will begin to feel less air movement – eventually reaching an area of hot, stagnant air that remains at the front of the trailer. Working in this condition for long periods can bring about the symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke if not dealt with appropriately.
So how can we optimize air flow? Very simply, the fan needs to be positioned in one of the upper corners at the dock door opening and aimed toward the same corner at the front of the trailer. Doing so will allow air to reach the entire length of the trailer – evacuating the trapped hot air and creating a constant airflow. Having this continuous movement of air will alleviate many heat stress issues and provide an overall safer work environment on even the hottest of summer days.
Looking to cool more than just your trailers? Check out Patterson’s new db fan – it’s quieter, takes up less space, and is unlike any air movement product you’ve ever seen! As the weather heats up, be sure to call the experts at Patterson – your employees will thank you!
The Authority in Air Movement