When browsing the various types of industrial racking for sale, most people who are in the process of setting up a warehouse are concerned with the functionality, size and price of the various options available. Many warehouse managers fail to prepare for the future in terms of keeping industrial racking and the people who use it, safe. Improper use, wear and tear and many other factors all affect the longevity and safety of industrial racking.
At Krost, as suppliers of some of the most affordable, efficient and reliable industrial racking South Africa has to offer, safety is our primary concern, and we have found that three main concerns are responsible for ensuring safety and security of your warehouse staff when they use industrial racking in their day to day work.
- Impacts from forklift trucks
- Misuse and overloading
- Lack of understanding of the safety hazards of racking
Here are Krost’s top tips for ensuring safety in a warehouse.
Take care of the corners
The corners of your racking units are the parts most likely to be struck by bad forklift driving, and are an essential part of the overall support system. To protect them from impact, consider installing steel guard rails (placing them 30-90cm in front of the rack).
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Installation and maintenance
Making sure that your racking is installed properly the first time, and that routine maintenance work is carefully carried out, goes a long way to avoiding accidents in the warehouse. Uprights that are not properly bolted to the floor, or whose bolts have come loose due to improper inspection and maintenance, are a leading cause of racking accidents. Make a schedule for regular checks of the racks, looking for loose bolts, damaged uprights, sagging beams etc.
Exceeding the listed capacity
It seems obvious that you should not put more onto your racking than it can handle, but how do you enforce such a policy in a large warehouse with potentially hundreds of workers? It’s all a matter of training, documentation and weight distribution.
All warehouse workers should be trained to recognise what the listed capacity of each racking unit is, as well as the weight of the loads you plan to store on them. It’s a good idea to place visible labels on the racking so that anyone can tell at a glance what the maximum weight capacity is. Talk to your racking supplier or manufacturer to be double-sure you’ve got the right figures.
These are just a few of the main considerations related to racking in the warehouse, but they are possibly the most fundamental and most commonly needed. For more information about the manufacture, installation and maintenance of industrial racking, or to find out how Krost can supply you with sturdy, safe and reliable racks that will last a lifetime, contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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