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9 Simple tips to prevent racking damage or workplace injuries!

Filed under: Warehouse Racking

Warehouse racking systems; if not correctly used or maintained, can end up being dangerous, costly and a huge inconvenience for any business.  Overloaded or damaged storage racking systems can collapse and cause severe injuries to employees; which is a common workplace safety issue.  As a business you are required to ensure racking structures are fitted, used and sustained safely and properly and this is why warehouse racking safety procedures should be an important part of your workplace safety plan.

Warehouse Racking Damage Diagram

Below are 9 simple steps you can take in order to prevent racking damage or workplace injuries.

  1. Ensure that the right type of machinery; such as a forklift, is employed for your warehouse. Whether your warehouse needs a narrow aisle forklift or a reach truck, there must be adequate aisle widths for your specific needs. Remember that narrower aisles might save space but they can also reduce productivity; so ensure operators are comfortable in the aisle width.
  2. Forklift drivers need to be well qualified when using machinery in your warehouse; and management needs to make sure that drivers are only working to their abilities as collisions can be quite common in the warehouse.
  3. Ensure aisles and passageways are wide enough for pedestrians and machinery to safely move around.
  4. It is common for racking to be hit by machinery such as forklifts; so to avoid damage and reduce the power of an impact, column guards or protective material can be employed around the base of your racking to keep it intact.
  5. Before using racking in a warehouse you must ensure that the racking structure is well secured to the floor base and each beam of the structure is firmly secured to each other.
  6. Before stacking pallets onto a racking system it is vital to ensure the racking is in good/sturdy condition. If the racking is already damaged or broken it can create issues over time. Too much pressure applied to the inside of beams or uneven weight can create an uneven surface.
  7. When stacking pallets and loads onto the racking structure it must be ensured that the pallets do not exceed the maximum weight capacity of the racking system.  They also need to be carefully placed on the beams evenly; ensuring that it is secure and evenly spread out to prevent tipping or falling objects.
  8. If any part of the racking structure has been in a collision it is important to identify the damaged sections so precautions can be made to repair and remove any unsafe objects to prevent possible future injuries or the collapse of racking altogether.
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  10. If there has been any damage to the racking structure; ensure that the damage is reported (even if it is a near miss) and all employees have been warned, as this is a legal requirement.

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12 comments

For sure this will help in getting things on right track!

GeoGraphix
March 16, 2012 - 6:24 am

Absolutely great sharing!! All of those 9 tips are very simple and useful for following. I think by following these tips workers can avoid major injuries or damage. Thanks

car tracking security
May 15, 2012 - 6:14 pm

Thankfully thankful sharing. Shared 9 tips seems to me pretty outstanding from all side. I hardly believe that through following these tips we can save us from huge kind of injuries. Thanks mate

CHARLES
May 24, 2012 - 4:21 am

Valuable slot .Racking could prove , injurious for employees working in racking sore.Thanks for highlighting this issue regarding racking.   

Racking
June 06, 2012 - 10:31 pm

Perfect! Keeping constant fitness for a long time is impossible for all kinds of professionals so it needs few supports to keep the constancy. Your prescribed tips are looking easily manageable to me. Thanks for recommend useful 9 clues. 

Shelly Saxton
August 08, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Fantastic tips mate! Really I was looking forward to read about it. I must follow all of above tips in my office for keep in safe of my every staff there. Thanks dear for this handy allocation.

Nancy Syndrella
August 15, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Fantastic tips mate! Really I was looking forward to read about it. I must follow all of above tips in my office for keep in safe of my every staff there. Thanks dear for this handy allocation.

 

Nancy Syndrella
August 15, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Thanks for this good information in this blog.

Shrink Wrapping Machines | Cryovac Shrink Films
December 20, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Some fantastic tips! Pallet racking is great for storage, however it’s essential to have an injury prevention system in-place to ensure the safety of workers. Great article!     

Rackmart
March 14, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Absolutely great sharing!! All of those 9 tips are very simple and useful for following. I think by following these tips workers can avoid major injuries or damage. Thanks

retail store
June 12, 2013 - 4:53 pm

I like the suggestion to ensure that the right type of machinery; such as a forklift, is employed for your warehouse. This can be a really big deal if you are moving heavy objects. I would think that a forklift would be a definite necessity to ensure that the work gets done quickly and efficiently. Thanks for the tips!

Lillian Moore
June 14, 2016 - 4:05 am

Great tips, especially your point about ensuring that racking is in good condition. Do you have a suggested procedure for who should check for that, and how often?

It’s such a trade-off: narrow space-saving aisles, or wider aisles for easier maneuvering. I find that there are a number of cheaper tweaks you can make to the warehouse to reduce injury and product damage.                       

Vanessa Glavac
January 17, 2017 - 6:03 am

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