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8 Commercial Garage Door Safety Tips

Your commercial overhead door is essential to your workplace. You rely on it to perform safely every day without incident. However, these doors can cause safety problems if they are not correctly handled or maintained. Commercial doors are heavier and heavier than residential garage doors, and they’re often used more frequently.

Preventing workplace accidents by following good safety routines will keep your facility safer and running at its best, saving you money and protecting your employees. Below are some safety tips for commercial doors. Follow these to keep your business safe and ensure your overhead doors work well for a long time. 

1. Choose a Quality Door

Installing a high-quality commercial overhead door is essential for proper garage door safety. Having durable, correctly installed overhead doors ensures your space and workers stay protected day and night. Good commercial garage doors are also less likely to malfunction, easier to maintain and last longer, saving you money and improving the safety of your facility. 

Choose a strong steel or aluminum insulated door for improved security and safety. Fire-rated doors are excellent for withstanding heat and fire damage, so consider investing in one if you want added protection for your entries or work in a high-risk environment. 

2. Schedule Regular Maintenance

Don’t just call for repairs when your overhead door experiences issues — regular professional maintenance helps improve your commercial garage door safety. Repair technicians can check your overhead door for any problems and perform the necessary tuneups to keep your door operating smoothly. 

Paying for regular maintenance can not only help keep your facility safer, but it can also save you money. Scheduled maintenance can catch problems before they become more extensive, keeping you from paying for expensive repairs later. The longer damage goes unchecked, the higher the chances are of it becoming a serious safety concern. 

3. Train Employees 

Creating and implementing proper employee procedures will help increase your commercial garage safety. Ensure every employee operating or working near the doors understands how to use them and follows all necessary safety procedures. Keep all nonessential employees away from the doors to reduce the chance of injury. 

Any workplace safety program you implement should be comprehensive and mandatory for all employees. The training should include safety tips and an overview of potential hazards. Make sure the guidelines are written down and easily accessible for all employees. Finally, have a system for enforcing safety measures in place — all employees should know to follow the guidelines and what could happen if they don’t. 

4. Test Safety Features

Routinely test the door safety features to ensure they’re working properly. Check features, like security attachments or metal hardware, and immediately repair anything that needs it. Most doors have a “reverse on contact” safety feature for easy testing. Stick a wood board or other object under the garage door and close it. If it doesn’t immediately reverse after touching the object, you need to get the system checked or replaced. 

Another easy test involves waving a broom or long object under the closing overhead door. If you break the laser line that sits a few inches off the ground and the door continues closing, the door’s sensor might need fixing. Contact a professional to repair malfunctioning safety features to ensure everything is repaired correctly. 

Tracks, rollers and guides should be cleaned, clear of debris and lubricated to keep them functioning correctly. Check and test cables and springs for breakage or separation from the spool. Check the manufacturer guide for routine inspection schedules for the best results. 

5. Open and Close the Door Completely

Another tip for commercial garage safety is to make sure you and your employees open and close the doors fully each time. The door’s springs and other components are under lots of tension when the door is only partially closed or open. This pressure can lead to more wear and tear, causing strain and damage more quickly. The more wear and tear on your garage door, the sooner it will need repairing or replacing.

6. Keep Clear of Operating Overhead Doors 

In addition to ensuring all employees are aware of proper safety guidelines, keep all people, vehicles and objects away from the garage door while it’s operating. While entries have built-in safety features, sometimes machinery fails, or accidents happen. Keep everyone as safe as possible by avoiding the doors while they’re open, and consider using signage to indicate safety and danger zones.

Along with people and vehicles, garage door operators should watch for loose clothing or accessories while the doors are in motion. Sleeves, hats, scarves and other loose items can get caught in the door mechanisms or tracks. To reduce the chances of injury, have all operators and nearby workers keep their hands and feet away from the components. Review these measures with everyone using the facility to help prevent safety concerns. 

7. Contact Professionals for Repairs

Always contact a professional to provide your commercial garage doors if you want the best service and safest repair. It can be tempting to try overhead door repair yourself, but this comes with its own safety concerns, and you could end up wasting time and money on an incorrect fix. Trained technicians quickly diagnose the door’s issue and safely perform any necessary maintenance. 

While fixing commercial doors yourself can be dangerous, it can also create more problems. Issues with industrial garage doors can occur for many reasons, which may not always seem obvious to you. A situation like a garage door not opening and closing properly can have several causes. Attempting to fix it yourself can lead to further injuries and damage, increasing the cost of the eventual professional work. 

8. Be Prepared

Even facilities that follow the best safety standards may still experience issues. Always be prepared in case of an accident. Keep first aid kits nearby for injuries, and have emergency plans for any situation. Train your employees on emergency and accident procedures to prepare everyone in case of an accident or other situation. 

Contact BlackHawk Garage Door for Professional Support

Keep your commercial overhead doors maintained and your employees protected with professional repair services. Trust BlackHawk Garage Door for safe, high-quality commercial garage door installation, maintenance, repair and replacement services. Our team is dedicated to providing businesses in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin with reliable garage door maintenance and repairs.

Our experienced technicians will quickly and affordably work to fix your commercial doors, so your facility can get back up and running safely with minimal garage door downtime. You depend on your garage doors to secure your business and perform reliably, so give them the safest, best services possible. Contact us to schedule a commercial door service or repair today.


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Jarrod Beach
Jarrod Beach
23:15 16 Aug 22
You will love your concrete coatings from Blackhawk. They install fantastic floors.
Michael Simkins
Michael Simkins
21:38 22 Jul 22
We had polyurea floor coating installed in a portion of our basement and also in our garage. The end result is amazing! We could not be any happier. The team of Davis, Colten, Kevin and Kip were prompt, courteous, treated our home with respect and... did a great job. We love the product so much we're considering applying it to our concrete patio. I would certainly recommend Blackhawk Garage Door. Thank you!read more
gdshack25
gdshack25
21:01 28 Jun 22
Blackhawk Garage Door transformed my garage floor. Davis and Kevin did a great job. They were on time, professional and gave instructions after they were finished. I will tell all my friends who need a new garage floor. Thank you and God bless... you.read more
Wade Labecki
Wade Labecki
00:12 08 Jun 22
I am extremely happy with the manner that my garage door needs were met. From the very beginning with ordering the door through the installing. Awesome job. I highly recommend Blackhawk Garage Door.
Loren Zillmann
Loren Zillmann
09:44 05 Jun 22
We had Blackhawk replace our garage door and resurrect our 40 year old cracked concrete floor with the Polyurea Floor Coating. 4 words to describe the experience. Excellent workers, excellent products. Thanks.
Emily Lindus
Emily Lindus
19:29 25 May 22
Just had Blackhawk Garage Door install a new opener with the app for my phone to open and close remotely! If I am in Zimbabwe, I can open my door in Luck for the Schwans delivery:) John was awesome, patient, fixed a loose wire that was causing us... trouble, programed the opener, programed my vehicle. All with a smile!read more
Dorothy Marty
Dorothy Marty
15:11 08 Mar 22
Bryton Gunderson and his co-worker replace both garage doors. Showed up on time and finished in the time they said they would. Did a great job at installing and clean up was good. Highly recommend them!!
Deborah Lind
Deborah Lind
01:03 12 Feb 22
Jeremy was sent out to fix my garage door after the wheel came off the runner. and made it impossible to close. He assessed the situation and saw more issues causing problems. He was quick, knowledgeable, efficient, and polite. In this winter... weather, it was essential get this garage door fixed quickly and Blackhawk Garage Door sent a repairman as fast as they could. Thank you, Deborah Lind .read more
Ben Graf
Ben Graf
17:47 24 Jan 22
We hired BlackHawk to replace both of our garage doors. Anticipated start date for install was spot on and install went very smooth. Also had them install jackscrew openers a few months later and they installed them less than a week from my... initial phone call. Would highly recommend.read more
Craig Zuelke
Craig Zuelke
21:41 14 Jan 22
Jeremy arrived on-time even though the weather made driving difficult. He did a great job installing the new springs and keypad and explaining the functioning of the door. He was also very helpful in going over preventive maintenance and repair of... the weather seals. Excellent job!read more
john quest
john quest
05:09 02 Dec 21
Great installer. Ask for Bryton Gunderson to do your work He does great work.
Lois Peper
Lois Peper
20:14 20 Oct 21
Our new garage floor is beautiful, the installers, Davis Marshall and Kevin Graham were very meticulous, professional and friendly individuals. The area was thoroughly cleaned up afterwards and the job was completed exactly as predicted. We are... very impressed!read more
Julie Noyes
Julie Noyes
19:53 03 Sep 21
Jeremy was on time and really helpful with a solution for achieving a tight fit on my uneven garage floor. He got in touch with another installer close by and was able to get the parts he needed. He was patient and informative with all my... questions. Thank you!! The doors look great.read more
Rey of Sunshine Rey
Rey of Sunshine Rey
18:43 12 Feb 21
I started having issues with my old garage door openers a few years ago, each winter their performance got worse and worse, until finally one just died. I called several companies to get a quote over the phone. Blackhawk came in less than any... other companies I spoke with by over $100. Tom was a blast to converse with, asking detailed questions regarding the garage door openers I had at the time. Nate called me to schedule an install in a timely manner and when Tom stated her would. A pleasure to speak with and set up an appointment. I was expecting to wait a week at least. When he booked a tentative appointment for 2 days later ......I was elated. It was the coldest week so far this winter and I was so sick of parking outside in the subzero weather! Kyle and Colten showed up on time and both had smiles on their faces and were here and gone within 3 hours. Understand, they had to replace springs and had to install overhead rails etc as the previous opener was a wall mount type opener. They completely cleaned up their mess, briefly went over programming the new openers and were on their way. Thanks guys! You all rock!!!read more
Brent Haglund
Brent Haglund
20:54 05 Feb 21
Great company and great experience. Our garage door spring broke and within hours after talking with Nate their crew had the springs fixed, adjusted and door works perfectly. Thanks Blackhawk Garage Door and Nate!
Laura McNiff
Laura McNiff
20:19 02 Feb 21
The staff and crew at Blackhawk Garage Door were awesome. I have had them out twice in the past two weeks fixing broken springs and helping me to fix my door opener. They were very professional, timely, and most of all honest and trust worthy,... fixing a problem while giving honest answers. I would recommend them full heartedly. Thanks so much, Manny Krugread more
Sam Webber
Sam Webber
22:48 07 Jan 21
Had these guys fix a broken spring on one door and install an opener on another. Very knowledgeable and efficient techs. I will definitely be using them in the future and will recommend to friends. Big thanks to Nate, John, Colten, and Jordan!
David Feyereisen
David Feyereisen
11:51 03 Jan 21
John and Kyle put my garage doors in and did a FANTASTIC job. Great workmanship and great customer service. I highly recommend these guys. Thanks!!!!
Randy Prescott
Randy Prescott
15:58 29 Dec 20
Truely Excellent Service! I called on Monday evening about a broken garage door spring and they had a tech out to fix it up Tuesday morning. John, the tech they sent out was quiet, curtious and fast. He had the job done in about 30 minutes, Awesome!
Robert Schmitz
Robert Schmitz
22:16 17 Dec 20
Great service! The cable broke on my garage door at work...called mid morning and it was fixed before noon. Very efficient in their work and very professional. The customer service person that I talked to was very helpful and the technicians did a... great job. Would highly recommend them!read more
Scott Lee
Scott Lee
16:17 28 Aug 20
Blackhawk Garage Door was fantastic to work with when my garage door spring broke. When I called, Nate answered. He took care to understand my problem, he gave a clear estimate of the investment involved, and promptly scheduled a time for their... service crew to come and fix my issue. The 2-man crew came at their scheduled time, and replaced, and upgraded my spring setup in a quick and professional manner. They were in and out within about 45 minutes!! I would definitely do business again with Blackhawk Garage Door, and would refer them to my friends and family. 5-Star Rating, for sure.read more
Jim Sommerville
Jim Sommerville
23:54 09 Jun 20
AAA Blackhawk Garage door has been great to work with every step of the way. We knew we wanted the look of a wood garage door without the maintenance of real wood, and they had exactly what we were looking for and at a lower price than anywhere... else. Ordering was simple, the installation went smoothly, and the customer service has been awesome! Fair and honest company. Our new garage door totally changed the look of our house...we receive many compliments. Highly recommend!read more
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