Do you have pallet racking in your warehouse?
When was the last time you had your racking inspected to assess its structural safety?
It is surprising to note that despite health and safety legislation, many warehouse operators fail to inspect their racking on a regular basis. Incidents that damage pallet racking may not even get reported.
Such incidents include:
- Forklift collisions
- Dropped loads
- Excess loads
Obviously, any one of these accidents has the potential to affect the strength of the pallet racking and it is therefore imperative that racking is inspected at least every year and preferably twice per year.
In addition, all staff operating in the warehouse environment should be competent and trained in reporting procedures. This should increase the focus on making the warehouse environment a safer place to work.
Am I legally required to have racking inspections?
Racking safety is an employer’s legal responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Damage should be identified and specific precautions taken to remove risk to warehouse employees. This may include cordoning off and not using damaged areas, and replacing damaged sections as soon as they are identified.
Insurance companies are also increasingly requiring annual racking inspections as a condition of providing insurance cover.
SEMA (the Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) gives guidance that racking inspections should be carried out by a suitably qualified person or an approved company on an annual or biannual basis. At Pegasus Storage, our racking inspections are SEMA approved.
What if I don’t inspect my pallet racking?
Choosing to ignore safety inspections of your warehouse racking is not a wise business decision. If any accidents occur it is very likely that the Health and Safety Executive will choose to prosecute your company.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident and any resulting injuries (or deaths) that occur, this could leave you liable to huge fines plus the prospect of a criminal investigation that could lead to a prison sentence.
Obviously regular pallet racking inspections are a much more sensible solution!
Identifying structural defects as they occur means that repairs can be made and the impact on your business is minimised. This helps to maintain productivity and makes it less likely that your staff will sustain injuries and require time off work.
SEMA Approved Racking Inspections
Our in-house SEMA Approved Inspectors have an abundance of knowledge when it comes to health and safety. Ensuring the health and safety of your work environment, we can provide a full storage system survey, in which customers are provided with a drawing of the layout of their warehouse that identifies risks and the severity of them.
Call 01843 835999 or enquire here for more information.