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Pallet Racking Protectors – Should You Invest?

Article added Wednesday April 17th, 2019

Forklift truck in warehouse. Pallet racking protectors help prevent forklifts damage to racking

Pallet racking protectors prevent damage to your warehouse racking. As your pallet racking system is vital to the smooth and productive running of your warehouse, it is therefore important to protect your investment.

There is also a legal requirement that you look after your pallet racking. The Health & Safety Executive published a Warehousing and Storage guide in 2007 stating that you should “protect racking if it is likely to be struck by lift trucks and other vehicles”. 

Investing in pallet racking accessories can help you meet your legal obligations.

Pallet Racking Protectors:

Pallet racking protectors and accessories help to improve your pallet racking system in three main ways:

  • Improve longevity – it is easier and cheaper to replace the protection than damaged pallet racking verticals or beams
  • Reduce maintenance costs – pallet racking protectors can help prevent accidents in the first place thus reducing overall the repair bill
  • Safety – prevent dangerous structural damage and injury to staff

 

Prevent structural damage to your pallet racking system:

Any structural damage to your pallet racking system can been costly in terms of productivity but also in terms of damaged stock or personal injury liability.

Rack End Protection

The aisle ends of your pallet racking system are the most vulnerable to accidental damage from vehicles in your warehouse. Fork lift trucks can cause a surprising amount of damage even at reduced speeds. You can install heavy duty barriers at aisle ends to prevent forklifts from getting too close.

Column Guards

Damage to the upright columns of your pallet racking system can be very dangerous. Collisions cause substantial damage that can destabilise your racking system and make it unsafe to use.

Installing column guards can ensure the stability and safety of your racking system. Column guards are anchored to the floor and form a metal barrier around the lower part of the upright. These absorb the impact of a collision.

Replacing the guard is significantly less expensive than replacing a damaged upright. Column guards are available in bright colours to aid visibility. They also help to lessen the effects of day-to-day wear and tear.

As well as investing in pallet racking protection you can also help to prevent accidents and avoid unnecessary damage by establishing strict rules in your warehouse such as maximum speed limits, one way systems and designated zones for vehicles.

Pallet Support Bars

Pallet support bars provide support to the pallet. This is especially useful when pallet loads are very heavy or when pallets are not of a standard size. In the first instance, pallet support bars help to spread the load. Secondly, they prevent smaller pallets becoming dislodged in the racking.

Using two bars will support most sizes of pallet.

Chipboard Panel

Chipboard panels, available in varying depths are a cost effective method of warehouse shelving and can be useful for storing non palletised products. They can also help to speed up loading and reduce damage when you have a variety of pallet sizes.

Anti-Collapse Mesh

Anti-Collapse Mesh is a pallet racking accessory that creates a barrier to prevent stock off incorrectly loaded pallets. It is particularly used at the rear of the racking.

Allowing complete visibility, it is a simple, strong and effective protection measure.

 

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