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Tips for Safe Pallet Racking – Part I

Jan 18, 2016

If your business includes storage and warehousing operations, then you need proper pallet racking systems to safely store products and components.

Improper racking can lead to product damage, physical injuries, and in worst case scenarios, loss of life.

How do rack accidents take place?

Are there any steps that can be taken to ensure safe pallet racking? Read on to know more.

Causes of Rack Accidents

There are a few basic reasons for rack accidents. The first is improper installation and use. The second is a lack of maintenance. The third is overloading the racks with products. The fourth reason is impact from lift trucks during product removal operations. Another important reason is that a lot of customers do not understand how to use the racks, and which design will suit their needs.

Pallet Racking Safety Tips

To ensure that the racks are used properly, and costly accidents are avoided, here are a few safety tips you can keep in mind.

  • Stay within Rack Capacity: This is the most common issue concerning the use of pallet racks. Ensure that you peruse through the features and specifications of the pallet rack. Understand the maximum amount of weight it can handle, and ensure that it is not exceeded. You can execute this by documenting all the items being stored on the rack, as well as their weight.
  • Train Your Workers: Before you begin using the rack, provide proper training to your workers. Let them understand the features of the rack and how to use it. This will reduce the number of accidents in the future.
  • Place the Pallet Evenly: Ensure that your forklift drivers know how to place the pallets evenly on the rack beam. The pallet should be aligned well with the beam, and never overlapping the front or rear edges.

These are the initial points of pallet rack management. You can find out more points about pallet rack safety in our next post.