Why are racking inspections so important?
Over time, racking inevitably suffers from wear and tear, which can compromise the strength, capacity and integrity of your storage system. This is not surprising when you consider that palletised goods are often stacked higher than two-storey buildings and can weigh several tonnes.
Damaged racking is a danger to both your staff and your business. There are a number of potential risks that are involved, including:
- Personal injury, and even death, of operatives
- High cost of replacing storage systems and stock
- Costly and disruptive legal proceedings
- Reduced productivity
- Higher insurance premiums
- Damage to business reputation
Regular racking inspections will highlight small defects that can usually be repaired on-site with minimal disruption to your operations. This allows you to fix any damage long before it becomes a more serious and costly problem.
Maintaining rack safety is not simply an important warehouse practice: it is a legal obligation. Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations of 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) of 1998, employers are legally required to inspect their work equipment, including all pallet racking. This means that any business with even as little as one bay of racking is required to carry out regular SEMA-approved examinations.
Did you know?
As a company you are legally obligated to ensure that any pallet racking installed in warehouses are serviceable, fit for purpose and certificated as such by a competent person?
After all, even the smallest change in the design of your racking can effect its structural integrity. It is not sufficient to assume they are working safely otherwise you are breaking the law.
Do you know:
- if the installer has used the correct number and type of flooring fixings?
- if the racking has been sufficiently shimmed?
- if all the fixings positioned and tightened to manufacturers tolerances?
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