If you use, or are responsible for storage racking, the risk of itscollapse may be higher than you think.,There has been an increase in the number of incidents where racking
has collapsed, often resulting in severe or fatal injuries and subsequent prosecution.To reduce the risk of racking collapsing, it is important that you are
fully aware of the safe procedures to be followed.
This includes ensuring that the racking has been correctly installed,regularly maintained and inspected, as well as safe day-to-day usage.
The following are critical safe operating procedures:
•All racking should be clearly marked with its safe operating load
•All persons operating forklift trucks should be suitably trained
•Any damage should be reported and promptly repaired, or the racking should be quarantined until repair.
More specifically, the issues that can be encountered with racking include:
a) Inadequate forklift truck driver training.
Drivers must be instructed in the correct use of the forklift and the racking, as well as any specific requirements, in terms of rotating pallets or directions for entering aisles etc, arising from the general layout.
Retraining, supervision and increased management awareness can help reduce incidents caused by carelessness.
c) High speed of operation.
Drivers differ in their ability to operate quickly and safely.Input/output cycle requirements must be compatible with the
abilities of the drivers.
d) Inadequate design of layout.
Racking layouts that give good access and adequate aisle/ lane dimensions must be considered at a very early stage in planning.People who will eventually have responsibility for the operationshould be involved in the planning.
e) Use of wrong or damaged pallets.
Not all pallets are suitable for use in pallet racking and even fewer are suitable for use in drive-in racking. BS ISO 6780 1988 and the SEMA Code of Practice for the Use of Static Pallet Racking both provide useful information. Broken or sagging pallets can cause premature beam failure by outward pressure on the inside faces of the beams.
It is important that safety procedures are prioritized and heavily implemented into your warehouse functions. Develop clear safety procedures and train your employees on how to follow them and to be knowledgeable about possible hazards around the warehouse. Create warehouse safety signs and have clearly marked exit paths to be prepared for any emergencies that could arise. Use organic materials when possible to limit exposure to harmful chemicals, and clearly mark hazardous materials around your facility