Regularly inspect your Pallet Racking System for damage
No matter how well you take care of your pallet racking system, it can be damaged over time. Pieces can break or be damaged; it may be a while before you notice. If you regularly inspect your system for damage, you can spot it when it happens and have time to fix it before it becomes a major problem. Even if you don’t see any signs of damage, be sure to occasionally inspect your pallet racking system to ensure everything is okay. This is a good idea both when you first install your pallet racking system and periodically after that. Consult a registered inspector to carry or regular inspections to ensure compliance.
Securely fasten the rack to the floor
Even if you’re not planning on moving or rearranging the pallet racking system, you should still secure it to the floor. If your warehouse has any vibrations or movement, this is especially important. Unsecured pallet racking systems can slip and slide around, causing damage and misaligning the pallet system, as well as risking complete collapse. To keep your racking system secure, you can use various methods, including bolts, concrete anchors, or posts. Keep in mind that if you use concrete anchors, you’ll need to ensure the floor has adequate load bearing capacity.
Utilise Pallet racking protection products
When you’re loading pallets onto your pallet racking system, use the right loading techniques and materials to prevent damage to the system.
Fit frame protectors to the lower sections of pallet racking uprights, this protects from any collision damage caused by forklift trucks, the most common cause of racking damage.
End barriers can also be used to protect the ends of each row, if they are not against a wall. Single bay depth or double bay depth barriers can be used.
Store materials properly
If you are storing items on the pallets in your pallet racking system, be sure to store them properly. Make sure the pallets are of sound construction and are suitable for the size and weight of the load. If the pallets are non-uniform, then using addition pallet support such as timber or mesh decking or pallet support bars might be worth considering.
A well trained forklift truck driver will also help to ensure that pallets are safely located into the racking system, without risk or slipping off.
Practice overall safety
Storing materials in your warehouse is essential, but you also need to be sure that your employees are safe while working in the warehouse. Be sure to train your employees on proper and safe loading and unloading techniques, and ensure they know what materials to avoid storing on the pallets. It’s also important to provide employees with the proper tools and equipment, such as pallet jacks, forklifts, and other lifts. This will help them avoid injury and make the job easier and safer. In addition, make sure that your employees are wearing the appropriate safety equipment, such as hard hats, goggles, gloves, and other items as necessary.