Kirk Safeguards Loading Docks with Salvo Solution

Kirk Safeguards Loading Docks with Salvo Solution

New Gladhand Lock Design Offers Increased Compatibility with Wide Range of Intermodal Logistics Chassis


North Canton, Ohio – Kirk Key Interlock Company introduced a new gladhand lock, as part of their Salvo Loading Dock Safety product range, that will allow the safety system to expand upon the types of trailers they can secure at the loading dock.

­­The interlocking gladhand, which secures a trailer’s air brakes, features a robust weather resistant design and protective molded rubber sleeve, ideal for the warehouse environment. The lock fits all semi-trailer types and now offers intermodal container chassis compatibility, expanding the range of safe loading operations at a facility.

“One of our large Salvo customers came to us with the need to safely unload/load a large fleet of ocean container chassis with recessed gladhand couplings at the loading dock. Our previous gladhand design fit most but not all the recessed coupling positions on intermodal chassis. As a company that is always striving to innovate and meet our customers’ needs, we adapted the design and developed a tough new product that allows for all trailer types and containers to be safely unloaded/loaded at the loading dock.”

– Pierre Balson, Kirk Key Interlock Vice President of Sales

Ergonomics and usability were at the forefront of the design process. The gladhand offers a stainless steel and aluminum design, protective molded rubber grip and triggers to improve the ease of use. Extensive testing such as drop tests, harsh weather exposure and customer trials were successfully completed and signed off prior to the release. All tests and trials concluded with exceptional feedback and the product has already been installed in several customer sites.

The Salvo Gladhand (SGL) is a component in the Salvo Loading Dock Safety System. The Salvo Loading Dock Safety System protects personnel and equipment at the loading dock by preventing unscheduled drive-aways during loading/unloading by interlocking the trailer’s air brakes with the dock door.

To learn more about Salvo Loading Dock Safety Systems, visit or email Salvo Director, Dan Skiba, at




Every year in the US there are thousands of drive-away events at the loading dock that often result in serious injuries and even death. Making sure that workers are protected at the loading dock is a key part of a facilities safety strategy.

Kirk Key Interlock Company believes everyone has the right to be safe at work. Kirk provides sequenced process safety solutions to the logistics and energy industries. Our logistics solution, Salvo Loading Dock Safety Systems, prevent drive-aways during loading/unloading by interlocking the trailer’s air brakes with the dock door, ensuring that the trailer cannot depart until loading/unloading is completed and the dock door is closed.

Salvo Loading Dock Safety Systems protect loading dock personnel and ensure they return home safely at the end of their shift.