The results of pallet racking falling or any storage unit can be catastrophic. As bays are fixed together if one goes, a domino effect can be caused. This is every warehouse manager’s worst nightmare – so why does it still happen? The answer is poor health and safety management. Not only are you putting your employees at an extremely dangerous risk but you are also at the risk of damaging a large amount of stock.
Regular checks should be conducted on your racking to ensure that the system has not been damaged in any way that could jeopardise the weight capacity it can hold. A common cause of damaged racking comes from forklifts or other vehicles manoeuvring throughout the warehouse and knocking uprights. Another cause can be from overloaded beams where heavy pallets have been loaded onto a bay which cannot hold that capacity. Bays of racking should have loading signs, informing warehouse workers the capacity of the pallet racking to avoid this risk.
Where racking is likely to be struck by trucks and other vehicles, it should be protected. Using column guards, upright protectors and corner guards are all protective devices that can help minimise the risk of pallet racking uprights being damaged. This is a far cheaper option to invest in than having to replace uprights once they are damaged.
Pallet racking inspections are a statutory requirement under Health and Safety Legislation and must be conducted at least once a year by a SEMA approved or technically competent person. Regular inspections help to minimise:
- The number and severity of warehouse accidents
- Loss of products
- Potential fines and imprisonment
- Large repair bills from negligence of pallet racking
If you would like to learn more about racking inspections or would like to know about the protection you can invest in for your racking, call Pegasus today on 01843 835999 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.