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How to Prevent Damaged Stock in Your Warehouse

Pallet Racking


Some tips on increasing stock safety.


The stories circulate between warehouses in the same way that ghost stories pass between Boy Scout campfires – the forklift driver who cost his company millions by dropping a case of rare wine; the poorly constructed pallet racking that failed and dispersed tiny, unsalvageable aircraft components across a warehouse floor.  Unlike success stories, these are the sorts of tales with which you certainly don’t want your warehouse associated.


So, to make sure that your company’s name is never whispered with cringing sympathy, here are a few tips for avoiding expensive product damage in your warehouse:


Maintain pallets

One of the chief culprits for product damage is poorly maintained pallets.  Pallets with cracked or broken planks, or detached support blocks, can be directly responsible for entire loads being damaged.  Also, stringers which have become loose can easily snag on pallet racking systems, causing loads to fall.


It is thus important to conduct regular checks on the state of the pallets in your warehouse, and repair or replace pallets which have been damaged.


Correct pallet wrapping

Essentially, whenever cartons are on pallets – no matter their status – they are vulnerable.  The best way to prevent against damage whilst transporting them is to exercise effective, correct pallet wrapping.  This can be accomplished using an automated wrapper, or done by a diligent hand.


Keep aisles tidy

Your goal should be to provide forklifts with a clear path down all of your warehouses aisles.  Forklifts that have to weave about in order to dodge clutter are more likely to drop their loads or bash them against your pallet mole racking.


Don’t overload

Placing too much stock on pallet racking can overload them and increase the chances of product damage.  High quality pallet mole racking can withstand heavy loads, but it is better not to take the chance.


Install safety nets

These are primarily intended to protect falling workers from injury, but they double as stock protectors.  If a load does fall from a pallet, these nets may stop it from breaking open and succumbing to damage.


Implement ergonomics

Workers who are under strain from working at difficult and uncomfortable angles are more likely to make mistakes which could result in damaged stock.  To avoid this, make sure that work surfaces are at comfortable heights and there is sufficient equipment to relieve the strain placed on workers.



Of course, all of these safety precautions should supplement the purchase of high-quality pallet racking systems.  Since pallet racking holds the stock for the majority of its time spent in the warehouse, this should be the first step towards any damage-prevention revamp.


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