The majority of pallet rack structural failures result from three distinctive sources that include impacts from the lift truck, overloading the racks and a lack of a safety-orientated mindset. Focusing on these three sources, especially the third one, will go a long way in reducing safety issues that bog down your warehouse.
One main safety point that needs to be made is know how your rack will be used before it is even installed. Proper design of the structure and proper training of personnel is critical for efficient and safe operation. If you are inheriting a rack system already in place, find out the details of the system and its design before use. File this information in a place accessible to the entire staff for future reference.
The ends and corners of your rack system are most susceptible to being hit by a fork lift, so it is wise to defend them. It is recommended you utilize steel guardrails and post protectors or other means to shield them from accidents.
Many rack accidents occur because the system was improperly installed or poorly maintained. If the uprights are not properly bolted to the floor or have come loose over the years, accidents are seemingly unavoidable. All rack components need to be checked with regularity to avoid these issues.
Staff should be trained how to correctly deposit racks onto the system. Teach them how to place the load squarely on the system in a uniform manner. Not only will this reduce accidents, it will go a long way in maximizing your capacity.
We hope this will benefit your warehouse. For all of your wholesale pallet rack needs, you can trust Chicago based DAK Equipment and Engineering.