The incident could have been avoided. This collapse was caused by a lack of knowledgeable warehouse rack inspections, over-looked, and under estimated pallet rack damage. Failure to address damaged and missing pallet rack components led to this tragedy. Fortunately, no one was injured in the scenario but it could have been prevented by regular warehouse rack inspections and repair or replacement of damaged pallet rack components.
In order to minimize accidents it is advisable to take preventative action and invest in protection for your warehouse. One of the most common problems in many warehouses and distribution centers is having impact damage caused by forklifts. This damage usually occurs at lower levels, leaving most of the upright structurally sound.
Damaged Pallet Rack is an important safety consideration in any warehousing environment. For years, addressing warehouse rack damage was a matter of replacing of rack components, especially the load-bearing columns. However, the pressure to maintain continuous product flow and the substantial costs associated with this investment often overrides replacement of damaged racks.
Today rack replacement is not your only option. In recent years there have been dramatic improvements in the technology used to repair damaged rack. Rack repair can cut out the damaged areas of the rack and add a new post for a more impact resilient solution. In most instances, there is no need to unload the pallet rack.
These repairs can be done on site and offer minimal facility interruption. Additionally, the repair will maintain the structural integrity of your system and reduce maintenances costs.
Warehouse inspections for racking and for any potential safety hazards should be part of a daily routine. Additionally, regular surveys conducted by your employees or rack supplier can help reduce safety risks by identifying damaged rack as well as possible causes of damage such as:
- Incorrect location of beams
- The overloading of beams
- Incorrect loading and positioning of pallets in pallet locations
- The use of damaged pallets
Other preventative measures that can be taken:
- Good initial design: racking systems must be designed to fit and function with both the handling equipment and the load
- Good lighting
- Well maintained mechanical equipment
- Ensure loading/safety notices are clearly displayed
As the warehouse is potentially one of the most dangerous places to work it is therefore imperative that your racking is up to scratch in order to meet stringent health and safety standards. Rack repair is an easy on-site option that can help to ensure rack system longevity and safety.