Protecting Your Investment: Pallet Racking Protection
If you want to ensure the long life of your racks and prevent things such as injury and equipment damage, taking care of your pallet racking systems is essential.
In a warehouse, each pallet can mean substantial risk for your team. A common high-risk example is a forklift hitting a pallet rack that can result in expensive equipment repairs and serious worker injuries. Pallet racking systems have not been built to resist heavy impact from forklifts, even at a low speed collision. It’s not common for the racking to collapse under low level impact. The impact is absorbed but the pallet racking suffers and becomes damaged. There is always risk that the rack could collapse under impact and even if this doesn’t injure your team, it will mean very costly repairs.
Racking Protection Regulations
There are numerous products that can ensure that you protect your pallet racks from impact, not just forklift collisions. In order to protect your investment, pallet racking protection products are something you should look into. While it is not the law to have this protection installed, there is guidance. For example, any investigated accidents in the warehouse will consider best practice if protection is already installed. Your legal requirements need to comply with The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998.
Racking protection can help you to comply with these requirements.
The Health & Safety Executive HSG76
Warehousing and storage – A guide to health and safety states:
Where racking is likely to be struck by lift trucks and other vehicles, it should be protected.
SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association)
Code of Practice for the Use of Static Pallet Racking 8.4 Rack Protection states:
Where necessary, steps should be taken to protect corner uprights from being struck by fork lift trucks and other vehicles.
More than 80% of damage happens in the first two metres off the ground, so why not protect it? The front face of the upright and first three braces are always the most vulnerable. There are various levels of protection to suit your budget. The uprights of the ends of the aisle are the most prone to damage due to the exposure and should be protect at a minimum.
This is a cost effective and easy way to protect racking uprights against pallet and forklift damage.
This option gives ultimate protection for the most vulnerable areas of your warehouse racking.
Protecting your investment by ensuring you have the correct pallet racking protection in place will make your operation a safer working environment, as well as saving money on racking repairs. To find out what protection may suit your operation best, please get in touch on 01327 300456 or through the link below.