Your pallet racking system is vital to the smooth and productive running of your warehouse. It is therefore important to protect your investment. 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”. You can do this by investing in certain pallet racking accessories.
Pallet racking protection accessories help to improve your pallet racking system in three main ways:
Structural damage to your pallet racking system:
Any structural damage to your pallet racking system can been costly. You would need to replace the damaged components and will suffer from the loss of time and productivity while it is out of action. This is where pallet racking protection comes into its own.
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 to prevent costly accidents.
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 that absorbs 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.
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.
As well as the dangers of structural damage to your pallet racking system there is also the hazard of stock falling from high pallets. Items falling from heights obviously pose a high level risk to your staff. It will also be costing you in the loss or damage of stock.
Anti-Collapse Mesh is a pallet racking accessory that creates a safer working environment for your staff. Mesh panels create a barrier to prevent stock falling out of pallets stored on your pallet racking system.
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