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Safety Tips For Your Pallet Racking

Article added Wednesday May 24th, 2017

Keeping staff safe, adhering to Health and Safety legislation and protecting pallet racking is a vital part of running your business effectively. As small mistakes can have big impacts on the wellbeing of staff, as well as finances, here we have shared our top 5 safety tips for pallet racking that will help minimise the possibility of accidents or damage.

  1. Avoid basic structure failures

Most pallet racking safety failures, related to racking structure, are a result of a few things.

  • Impact from a collision with a forklift truck
  • Improper installation
  • Overloading of the pallet racks or other improper usages

These incidents usually arise from a lack of understanding that pallet racks can be very unsafe. Improving staff knowledge and awareness can cut the possibility of these errors by stressing the importance of safety issues through training and regular reminders. When operating with a mindset of safety, and by taking the necessary precautions, workers are much more likely to avoid causing major damage and accidents.

This could be an opportunity to train your staff upon general safety factors of racking systems if you haven’t already.

  1. Provide quality lighting and maintain it

Using good quality lighting can’t be underestimated. Poorly lit warehouses can lead to accidents of all descriptions, such as forklift impacts and trips. Bright lighting also assists workers in locating products and ultimately increasing efficiency and potential. Products can be tucked away on the bottom level of racking with small lettering which cannot be read as effectively without brighter lighting. Regular inspections of lighting will help keep them in order and avoid incidents that could easily be prevented.

  1. Defend the racks

As rack aisle corners and ends are most vulnerable to a direct hit from a forklift truck, you should take precautionary measures to defend them.  Use of rack end protection, such as steel guard rails, post protectors and other resources to protect the aisle corners and ends from impact are a worthwhile investment that could save costly repair bills.

  1. Don’t exceed capacity limits

Never exceed the capacity limit listed with the racking. This is often ignored to meet the requirements of the job but could prove disastrous. This can be handled with proper training and proper documentation. You can provide proper training to your warehouse employees, so they can understand the capacities of the racks and the weight loads. Posting the capacity limit on a rack, so that everyone can see how much load the rack can bear, is also a useful idea and can avoid claims of ignorance.

  1. Avoid improper installations and maintenance work

Many accidents related to racks are caused by improper installation, maintenance or both. If your upright beams are not properly installed, or the bolts have loosened over time, major accidents are a possibility. Undertake regular checks on all installations and repair any damage to racking that is not in purposeful condition. Make sure that maintenance work is done with proper care to avoid future accidents and ensure safety.

Here at Pallet Racking Systems, we have an expert team with years of experience in staying safe and avoiding damage to warehouse pallet racking.

To find out how we can help you, call us free on 0800 085 8117 or fill out our enquiry form.