Warehouse performance is almost always indicative of how easily your stored equipment and goods can be accessed. Therefore, performance and productivity are driven by the pallet racking solution, making it a vital cog in the wheel. Good planning, design, and racking installation are essential, and here we take a look at racking installation guidelines and safety checks, which together ensure your solution is installed correctly.
You must ensure the design and racking installation are carried out by a skilled and experienced team from the outset. This team should specialise in used pallet racking if you are purchasing a second-hand pallet racking system. This team plays a significant role in ensuring the Construction Design and Management 2007 Regulations are followed.
A risk assessment should be carried out before the project and the racking installation task begins. Furthermore, an independent evaluation of the floor slab should be made, verifying that it is suitable for the weight of the loaded racking. The floor’s construction must also be of a type that is suitable for the fixings used to secure the racking system.
You must ensure that any person using a scissor lift or forklift truck is suitably qualified, as outlined in The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. If the used pallet racking is intended for outdoor use, then it must have originally been designed by the manufacturer for this purpose.
Your racking installation will comprise of the following components, and they should be installed following these guidelines:
A warehouse racking inspection should be carried out as soon as the racking installation is complete. A suitably qualified individual should carry out the racking inspection. The review will check all components, including:
Moving forward, daily checks should be made by an assigned member of your team with a schedule put in place for racking inspections conducted by a professional.