25 Jun 2014

How to Prevent a Racking Collapse


This picture was taken shortly after a damaged upright buckled under the imposed load from the pallets above. If the rack had been unloaded following the impact the racking would not have collapsed.

Why Inspect Pallet Racking?

The latest Health and Safety guide HSG75 states:
Inspect racking regularly to make sure it is repaired and maintained properly and is safe.

You should use three types of inspection:
1.Immediate reporting of damage and defects
Visual inspections at regular intervals
Expert inspections carried out at regular intervals by a competent person

In addition, you need a rack safety inspection to satisfy yourselves that your racking conforms with the current guidelines identified by SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association).

You need a rack safety inspection where fork lift truck movements are frequent. Generally, the greater the activity the greater the need for inspections.

You need a rack safety inspection to identify damaged components. Damaged or missing components significantly increase the risk of a racking collapse.

You need a rack safety inspection to provide evidence to outside bodies that you take the safety of you personnel seriously and take the appropriate action to provide a safe working environment including replacing damaged racking components.

You need a rack safety inspection to ensure your racking remains serviceable and fit for the purpose to facilitate the continued and effective operation of your business.

Using the Good to Go Safety Vehicle Check Book could potentially eliminate that 10% of vehicle failings, save lives and reduce the economic damage.

1 comment:

  1. Great article. Every warehouse owner should hire an expert to do a safety check or audit yearly. Pallet racks and other shelving solutions needs maintenance like any other product.
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