Once you have bought your pallet racking it is essential to take good care of it. You buy it to help increase efficiency in your warehouse and maximise your storage space… why take the risk of damaging it if you can help it, when the consequences will make your job a lot more difficult and more stressful?! This is why pallet racking safety is so important!
Because of the size and weight of pallets, important safety factors have to be considered at all times.
You should always pay attention to any loose components in the pallet rack system, and take the time to report any damage in the pallet rack frame; such frame damage could cause the pallets to fall.
It is the owner’s legal responsibility to communicate this important warning to all who are around storage racks:
“Never climb on racks during or after assembly. Storage racks are not designed to be stepped on or climbed on. A slip or fall may result in serious injury.”
It is especially important to have highly visible warning signs if the pallet rack system is used in retail environments, such as wholesale centres, where the public is present.
Only use quality pallets that are not damaged. To save money, or perhaps from neglectful management, some warehouses use pallets until they become faulty and dangerous. Regular inspection of pallets for broken or fractured planks or stringers, protruding nails, and missing support blocks is essential. Damaged pallets can cause loading and unloading problems; for example, loose stringers can get hung up on the pallet racks, which can cause loads to fall from high positions. Also, faulty pallets can cause obstruction problems in flow systems by jamming certain pallet rack designs.
Always ensure that the proper motorized equipment is being used for the application.
Do not obstruct the end of aisles by staging pallets in these areas. Doing so can cause severe and potentially fatal injuries and accidents.
Never overload or exceed the recommended load specifications for a racking system. Overloading may cause a catastrophic failure of your storage rack system.
Why even take any risk? You do not want to waste precious time dealing with any problems from neglecting looking after your racking! If it now required by law to get an annual safety inspection. At Advanced Handling we can help, we can organise your inspections and carry out any work needed to repair your racking.