Pallet racking is a strong and easily accessible storage system, which makes it a great option for warehouses, large shop floors, and other storage facilities with lots of supplies to stockpile. Just like any other shelving system, it’s important to perform regular inspections to check that everything is in good enough condition to use.
By conducting thorough inspections at least once a year, you can identify and address potential problems before they result in an accident that damages stock or causes personal injury. In this blog, B&R Storage systems discusses the key checklist points you should consider when assessing the state of your pallet racking. If you find any potential safety hazards, schedule repairs and/or obtain replacement parts as quickly as possible from qualified personnel.
- General issues
These issues are usually easy to spot and are often a result of regular wear and tear. This could include uneven racks, corroded or rusted hardware, scraped paint (indicative of high foot or vehicle traffic in that area), and faded or otherwise illegible safety signage (such as maximum rack loads).
Check the whole area as well as the column protectors for general signs of damage, such as splits, twists, cracks, and dents that can compromise structural integrity. You should also ensure floor fixtures such as anchor bolts are tightened securely and not coming loose. Adjust as needed.
- Beams and bracings
In addition to general damage to your beams, you should also be on the lookout for beams that have become dislodged on one end, which could result in a dangerous falling beam and damage to inventory or nearby people. If a beam has deflected into a V-shape or has otherwise bent away from its original position, this could be due to overloading.
- Connectors and clips
Inspect your connections to see if there are any missing, damaged or broken connectors. Connectors for beams connecting at an upright should be parallel, and if they are deformed into a V-shape, this may indicate overloading. If your clips are frequently dislodging, contact your pallet racking’s manufacturer or installer to determine why this is happening and take the necessary actions to remedy it.
For a professional pallet racking inspection, call the experts at B&R Storage Systems. We offer specialist services in heavy duty shelving, raised flooring systems, and more. Call (03) 9791 3666 or contact us online for all your storage needs.