Racking System and Shelving System Safety Tips
You might make the mistake of thinking that your shelving system can handle any load. It’s easy to compare warehouse shelving systems as larger versions of the one in your garage or tool shed. Racking systems can be deceptively complicated for some, but don’t fall for this! Overestimating your racking system is an invitation to disaster.
These large shelving systems are load-bearing steel structures. As such, it’s important to be mindful of safety when using them or moving around them. Below are some essential safety tips when choosing and using these systems.
Choose Your Racking Systems Carefully
A shelving or racking system comes available in a great variety of different types. Additionally, for each of these systems, the individual components vary greatly, as well.
Choosing the wrong type of shelving systems may lead to consequences in future. Rack damage, and an eventual collapse are very real possibilities. A proper analysis of your needs will ensure that you get the storage system you need.
Adjusting Your Shelving Systems
Shelving and racking systems consist of many different individual components. These components make up the very specific design of a particular system.
Once assembled, it’s essential to continue using the shelving system as designed. If you do need to make adjustments, be sure to consult with an expert beforehand.
Avoiding Overloading Your Racks
The design of a racking system is such that it should only take up to a specific load capacity. Loading more than it’s designed to handle may damage the structure and lead to system failure.
As well as this, all racking systems should display a plaque showing their rated capacity. Be sure to never exceed their rated load capacity.
Employee Safety Training
While the shelving system design is important, so is observing proper protocols when using it. This last applies especially to the employees associated with your shelving.
It’s important to avoid warehouse accidents whenever possible. Accidents may lead to injury or death of your personnel. This is to say nothing of the effect they have on your bottom line!
Inspecting Your Shelving Systems
It’s always recommended to conduct regular inspections of your shelving system. This includes your own inspections as well as inspections from external parties.
When choosing an inspector for your racking systems, ensure they have prior experience. This inspector could be the rack manufacturer or a third-party company.
Installing Safety Equipment
There is a wide variety of safety devices available for your racking system. These systems assist with protecting the rack against failures and damage.
Guarding protectors and post protectors are useful for protecting rack components. They keep forklifts from hitting the rack directly. Racks can be further reinforced by using double columns at their base.
Checking Rack Damage
If you shelving systems ever incur damage, they should be check immediately. Any damage may compromise their structural integrity. Their load bearing capability may also be several compromised.
Indeed, a shelving system could stand for years before even a slight bump causes it to collapse. Should you ever experience this, it is wise to contact an expert immediately.