The proper use of pallet racking is important, no matter what kind of warehouse you may run. Not only could improper use lead to damage, which could then cause a collapse and destroy a great deal of your stock, but more importantly, it can cause injury to employees.
Indeed, injuries from pallet racks in the warehouse are all too common and most of the time, they are due to damaged or faulty pallets. Some of the more common causes of damaged pallets are:
• Careless or untrained use of forklifts in the warehouse
• Overloading of stock and items
• Storing heavy items on the top shelves
• Incorrect usage of the pallets
• Pallets that have been poorly manufactured and are thus faulty
If you notice that your pallets are damaged, you will need to call in a racking and shelving expert immediately. If they collapse and you have workers nearby, this can lead to severe injury, and even death. Similarly, all staff members need to be on the lookout for damaged racking and report any damage they see immediately.
Furthermore, if you do notice that your racking is buckling, warping, or breaking, do not attempt to repair the damage yourself. Not only will you probably end up costing yourself more money as the repair will likely not be sufficient, but you could end up making matters worse, and cause a collapse sooner.
If you’d like to learn more about the dangers of damaged pallet racking in the warehouse, and how to avoid the, have a look at our infographic below:
While there are numerous factors to consider when running a safe and efficient warehouse, with appropriate strategies and policies in place, having smooth operations can be a cinch.
And for a little extra help to make processes easier, contact Krost, the racking and shelving experts. We manufacture and install a wide variety of storage solutions, from pallet mole and selective pallet racking, to warehouse and supermarket shelving, to structural and rack supported mezzanine floors. Contact us now to resolve your storage problems.