How To Avoid Three Common Safety Problems With Your Pallet Racking System
Safety is always the number one concern in any warehouse environment, especially where extensive pallet racking is used to organize product and supplies. Unfortunately, rack collapses, and the injuries that they can cause, are a real concern. They are also often completely avoidable. The following are common causes of a rack collapse and how you can avoid them in your warehouse.
Problem #1: Damaged Racks
Although racks are generally made to withstand heavy use, damage can and will occur. Bent or weakened supports can occur from forklift or loading errors, while missing or loose bolts can occur due to normal wear and tear. Perform a full inspection on your racks monthly so that you catch any potential issues before a collapse occurs. In some cases a rack can be repaired if you find damage early.
Problem #2: Incorrect Use
The issue with incorrect use is that you may not even be aware that your warehouse is guilty of this dangerous practice. Make sure that you are aware of the weight limitations on every rack and have them posted clearly so your warehouse personnel and forklift drivers are aware of the limits.
Reconfiguration of racks, which usually occurs when you expand storage or your storage needs otherwise change, can also lead to an unsafe configuration. When moving and rearranging racks, bring in a racking specialist. Pallet racks are engineered for specific set-up and usage specifications; changing these without verifying that the new arrangement is safe can lead to a disaster.
Problem #3: Short Cuts
It makes sense that you will take as many measures as possible to save money in your warehouse, just make sure that these measures don't put your racks and staff in danger.
Make sure the warehouse is equipped with sufficient racks of the proper configuration and weight-bearing load to handle your needs. Avoid crowding racks to try and maximize space – this can cause damage from forklifts and equipment trying to move in too small of a space. As your equipment and storage needs change, make sure your rack system is kept up to date. For example, if you previously used a narrow aisle racking system, you will need to replace existing forklifts and motorized dollies with those designed to work within such a tight space.
If you have any concerns about the safety of your current racking system, contact a warehouse racking provider. They can send out a safety engineer to check your current system and make recommendations for improvements.
For more information, contact the professionals at Certified Handling Systems.