PALLET RACK INSPECTIONS
Do you know if the racking system in your warehouse is safe? Does your rack system meet current code? Are you ignoring rack damage? Do you cover damaged frames with column protectors? Do you weld steel plates over damaged column sections?
The best way to reduce your legal risks and keep both your warehouse and employees safe is to have an inspection. Keep your employees from getting hurt or potentially killed by a damaged rack!
As helpful and sensible as pallet racks can be, they do pose some pretty specific safety hazards to your staff and your products.
Sadly, it comes with the territory. The products stored on pallet racks are, by nature, are a lot heavier and bulkier than others stored on shelving units. As well the movement, transport, and storage of these products need further steps in preparation and foresight to forestall any injury or harm. If your warehouse utilizes pallet racks to store larger products and you want to understand what to look out for, here are the five most typical questions of safety encountered by pallet racks:
A simple preventable explanation for harm to pallet racks, not to mention potential injury to staff, is misaligned or improperly installed racks. Throughout the installation proceedure ensure you check the manufacturer’s directions to the letter to be sure all racks are aligned, flush, level, and certify that everything is connected properly and secured with safety pins – you’d be shocked how quickly those smaller connectors can get mixed up or put in incorrectly.
In a similar vein, the constant weight and movement of product on pallet racks suggests that the floor anchors used to secure the end frames or columns can become loose and pose a hazard. Pallet racking must be secured to the floor with significant anchor bolts and regularly rechecked to be sure they stay in place and don’t require replacement or re-tightening.
Depending on the scale and depth of your pallet racks, there is always an opportunity of pallets and products to overhang the edge of the racks. This does not cause a risk if your workers are aware of it and work to reduce the effects. This awareness is crucial. Certify that any pallet overhanging is up to the manufacturer’s standards (specifically weight limits) and in situations where the products don’t perfectly interlock or sit squarely on the pallet, use stretch wrap to keep all items safely together on the pallet and stop product movement or harm.
Now, we’re all certain you recognize what pallet racks are for and why you’d use them, however not understanding weight limits can represent an “improper use”. Follow all manufacturer’s guidelines to the letter to be certain weight limits aren’t exceeded. The weight capacity of each level is based on uniformly distributed load across the full width of the level. To be sure that the pallet racks are used to the manufacturers specifications, use the correct materials and tools for installation, and follow all recommended guidelines for storage (material type, pallet dimensions, etc) .
Forklifts are an integral part of safe and proper pallet storage. Ensuring that your forklift operators are clearly made aware of the load limits of their individual forklifts, the pallet racking level capacity and also the pallets weights when they’re moving and placing products is a vital step in protecting products from harm and your staff from injury. The operator must be aware of their surroundings and the damage that could result from collision with the forklift and the pallet racking. Pallet racks are designed to stand up to an occasional collision however recurrent harm will cause them to become unstable and unusable.
By following these steps, your pallet racking will stay secure, durable, and usable for years to come!