Racking Safety

Avoid the devastating effects of a racking collapse by using a pallet racking safety inspection checklist. You simply can’t afford not to check your racking!

The chance of pallet racking being hit by a forklift is high but the reporting of such collisions are low. The need for regular pallet racking safety inspections checks is therefore very important, with racking safety inspections checks required for both structural safety as well as the loads on the shelves to prevent potential damage from falling objects or stock.

Good to Go Safety ensures pallet racking is inspected using the pallet racking safety inspection checklist as part of a routine maintenance management system. It promotes an safety inspection check of all racking bays at the start of each daily shift, clearly identifying if the racking is good to go. Providing compliance with PUWER, WAHR, HSE & SEMA regulations and best practice. We recommend that a tag be located on the end of each racking bay/aisle alongside the safe working load (SWL) sign for maximum visibility. The racking safety inspection checklist covers checks of the racking structure, loads found on the racking and general housekeeping of the racking area. It includes a system for any damaged racking and the recommended actions, in accordance with SEMA guidelines (using a colour coordinated level of risk).

By assuming your racking is safe you run the risk of a racking collapse and potential:
• Injury/death to employees
• Damage to plant, equipment and stored goods
• Cost of temporary storage, whilst new racking is installed
• Downtime and lost hours as a result of the accident and subsequent investigations
• Legal, compensation and insurance costs
• Damaged morale & public image

Any racking collapse, regardless of severity, has the potential to kill. Racks do not collapse over a lengthy period of time; once failure occurs the collapse is instantaneous and the vast weight of goods falling from height can have a devastating impact.

Good to Go Safety not only provides a visual racking safety inspection of the racking structure, but also encourages loads to be checked and reduces the risk of falling agents from shelves/racks. Prevents the assumption that racking is safe and can identify potentially dangerous/unreported racking collisions from forklifts or pallet trucks.

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