It is tempting to think of industrial-style racking and shelving as just being a bigger version of any other shelving system – just like the one in your garage. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Even though these set-ups have no moving parts and are relatively simple in their make-up, underestimating the risks associated with racking could turn out to be a fatal mistake.
Warehouse racking and shelving systems are serious, heavy-duty steel structures, and because they are carrying loads that may be expensive and fragile, or dangerously heavy, it is of the utmost importance to keep your racking and shelving in good working order. Bad maintenance and un-repaired damage can not only cost you valuable stock, but the lives of your employees and even your entire business.
Racking collapse may be rare, but it can be disastrous. Here are our top tips for preventing damage to, and failure of, your racking and shelving systems.
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Pick your racking carefully
There are lots of different styles and types of racking available on the market, from selective racking to high-density drive-in racking and several others. If you select the wrong type for your particular warehousing operation, you run the risk of causing unnecessary wear and tear – a leading cause of eventual collapse. Rack selection should take three factors into account: product, handling method, and area.
Take into account the size and weight of the products, as well as how fast their turnover is. High turnover of heavy products will require stronger and more resilient racking, as well as more frequent maintenance.
Don’t make changes to your racking without expert guidance
Racking may look simple, but it is crucial that you do not make adjustments or changes to its design on your own. Think of racking as a system that will fail if not used exactly as it was designed to be used. Altering or removing beams affects the structural stability and load-bearing capabilities of your racking, causing accidents and possible collapses.
Safety training for employees
As soon as your racking begins being used, wear and tear become inevitable. With forklifts moving all over the warehouse floor and bumping into upright beams, dents and bends are created which can lower the load bearing capacity of the system. Giving your employees comprehensive safety training can help to prevent minor bumps and bashes that can lead to weakened components and increase the risk of accidents.
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