How a warehouse racks supplier can overcome rack failures

As warehouse racks supplier that fabricates strong racks made from tubular steel, we strive to provide trouble-free use for a long time. Misuse and incorrect warehouse procedures can result in rack damage and failure, thus creating a serious accident risk.

Being aware of the common causes of warehouse rack failure is the best way to avoid them:

Loads too heavy

All warehouse racks are rated to carry a maximum load and this should not be exceeded. When new heavy stock items come into the warehouses, they need to be weighed and the maximum number of them that can be stored on a rack location calculated to make sure that the rack weight limit is not exceeded.

Untrained forklift drivers

Many warehouse operate forklifts. These need to be driven by drivers who have had detailed safety training. A forklift truck collision with a rack is likely to cause damage.

Incorrect warehouse equipment

Rack systems are designed to work with specified equipment. For example, in narrow aisles, forklift trucks may not have enough room to manoeuvre. Wide picking trolleys are not suitable for narrow aisles.

Inadequate crash precautions

Bollards and other barriers prevent collisions between racks, forklifts, and trolleys. These need to be able to withstand the forces of a collision by the equipment used.

Mixing components from more than one warehouse racks supplier

At Steely Products, we make rack components that fit together to create strong racking systems. They are not designed to be universal components that fit into any racking system. Mixing our rack elements with ones from other manufacturers could compromise the strength of the racks.

Altering the rack configuration

Racks are designed for a particular configuration, including the bracing pattern and the shelf beam levels. They are designed to fit the end user’s requirements. If the configuration is changed by the user, such as by altering the shelf elevation, the column capacity may be reduced, and this could cause rack failure. Before changing the rack configuration, always consult with us.

Not conducting regular rack inspections

Racks should be inspected regularly for damage and any flaws fixed. A damaged rack, if not repaired, can cause rack failure.

Preventing rack failure

A full rack safety audit is needed, and strategies should be put into palace to avoid the dangers of rack failure. Consult the original plans of the rack installation. If the rack system has altered since it was installed, make sure that all modifications are safe. A safety audit is not a one-time process, but should be part of a regular schedule.

Provide safety training for all drivers and warehouse workers. This should focus on both worker and equipment safety.

Keep a record of load limits for racks and equipment and train staff not to exceed them.

Our rack systems are manufactured to the highest safety standards, and we want all our end users to be safe using them. For further advice on warehouse rack safety, why not call us, or use the contact form below?

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Posted by Katrina
9th September 2020
Retail & Warehousing

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