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How To Ensure Your Pallet Racking Is Safe

A pallet racking system needs to be in good operating condition in a hard-working warehouse environment to ensure worker’s safety. Good pallet racking safety procedures will help your business prevent costly damage or loss of your inventory.

Correct installation, inspections, and preventative maintenance all help keep repair costs down by preventing more extensive damage or wear. A common thread where deaths and injuries have occurred is that slight wear or damage has been ignored, which has evolved into a more severe issue and ultimately failure.

Most often, damage occurs due to an impact from equipment working in the aisles, such as forklifts and picking vehicles. Uneven loading and overloading are also leading causes of damage.

To maintain a safe working environment and compliance with warehouse racking safety standards, you should choose a professional design and installation company and conduct regular condition checks. Many insurance companies will require you to have regular inspections carried out by competent pallet racking safety experts, so it makes sense to introduce these from the outset.

 

Installation

To ensure your pallet racking system will not collapse, professional installation is required, along with regular pallet racking safety inspections. Pallet Racking Systems can install your used racking and ensure it is constructed correctly, using the right fixings.

We will ensure that you are aware of your rack’s operational and weight limitations. We will also make sure you get the right design advice and handle any future alterations.

Once your system is installed, you must put in place a pallet racking safety policy for immediate reporting of defects and damage and set a schedule for internal visual inspects and third-party expert inspections.

 

Inspections

Many warehouses operate 24/7, so pallet racking safety checks should be introduced as a routine. Depending on the frequency of use, pallet racking safety checks should take place weekly or bi-weekly and be complemented by ongoing, daily visual inspections, which are the responsibility of everyone who works in the area.

A rack safety inspection will help your business detect issues, problems, and risks, so that defects, damage, and wear are tackled before a significant incident occurs.

You should create a checklist and a schedule, which should cover:

  • Upright frame columns – These should be checked for damage, such as dents caused by forklifts
  • Crossbars and wire rack decking – Look for movement, damage, and bends
  • Racking cross beams – Ensure none of these are dented, contorted, damaged, twisted, or warped
  • Beam/frame connectors – Ensure all safety clips and locking pins are fully engaged
  • Frame anchors – Make sure these are damage-free and connected
  • Pallet positioning –  Make sure all pallets are positioned correctly

Note all safety concerns and arrange remedial actions. Where these cannot be carried out straight away, it may be necessary to cordon off the aisle or section.

Something that looks superficial could be more severe than it seems. The integrity of the whole system involves all components working together in harmony to support large volumes and weights of materials, goods, and equipment.

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