5 Pallet Racking Mistakes To Avoid

So, you’ve decided you need pallet racking for your warehouse – now what? Nene understand that there is a plethora or information and considerations to make in such a large investment. The best advice would be to speak to one of our experts, but in the meantime, here are five common mistakes consumers make which could be avoided…

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1. Compatibility

Sounds simple but it is a common mistake to make. For your racking to work properly, pallet size and weight must be considered when purchasing. In addition, checks need to be made to understand suitability of the items being stored, size of the space available, height and width restrictions, what kind of forklift will be used and what kind of construct is required.

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2. Buying used racking

Don’t be blinded by a too good to be true price for second-hand racking – it usually is too good to be true. As the old saying goes, buy cheap, buy twice, this can certainly be true of not investing properly in your racking solution. Being used, it will have been weakened over time and subject to conditions you won’t have knowledge of. Unless they have been 100% reconditioned and certified as fit for use, you will not really know what you are buying. Invest in your racking to care for your commodities properly.

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3. Purchasing the cheapest option

Again, price is often a glaringly overriding factor in business and it can seem like the right thing to do to save money where you can. In this case, you really do get what you pay for, from build craftmanship of the racking, to materials used and installation service delivered; you will be doing this again if you go budget, and health and safety could be an issue for you too. Get quotes and recommendations, speak to an expert, and the right people will deliver the right racking solution for your needs.

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4. Only buying what you need

Future proof yourself for expansion and growth and give yourself breathing space for any surprises that may crop up. Investing a little more at inception is a far more cost-effective way to prepare yourself, rather than trying to swim against the tide later on when you are not expecting it. Equally, be careful not to vastly overcompensate. Having a full survey and design spec carried out on your space and a consultation to discuss what you need will help you to make these decisions. You may find after your research that Racking Hire could be a viable option for you, allowing you the temporary flexibility you need without committing to a hefty purchase of racking you may not end up using. Nene has a number of different hiring solutions and can advise you, working with your needs and specification.

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5. Damage assessment and maintenance

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 states that pallet racking ‘must be maintained and inspected on a regular basis.’ A common cause of pallet racking collapse is from damage caused by warehouse vehicles and lack of racking protection, such as Nene’s Racking Deflektors. Ignoring small amounts of damage will only serve to cause bigger issues later, endangering your warehouse teams in the process.

Whether you’re new to pallet racking, or looking to expand on your current equipment, to ensure you are receiving the quality required and to gain confidence in your warehouse, be sure to seek for expert advice. In doing so, you will not only be saving time and money but potentially also a life. 

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