When your business invests in good quality racking and shelving,it is a good idea to try and protect it from accidental damage. You can'tlegislate for every eventuality but you can, with a few carefully placedbarriers and protectors, minimise the risks.
The most common form of damage is from fork lift trucks. Thesemachines carry a lot of momentum and those strong and thin forks that make iteasy to pick up pallets are also capable of inflicting a lot of damage. Thebest way to guard against this is to have a combination of protective productsinstalled in all the key areas of your warehouse.
Corner Pallet Racking posts are particularly vulnerable, singlepost steel rack protectors offeran affordable way to protect them and are simply fixed to the floor. It is notalways necessary to affix protectors to every post, it is best to identify thekey points of entry and exit along with high frequency traffic aisles to mapout the most strategic installation points. In those situations where fixing tothe ground is not an option, our plastic protection guards can be used as theyutilise Velcro fastening straps. Steel barriers (as shown in the photograph)are available in a number of different styles and these can be used to protectwhole end frame sections.
Remember, the affected racking sections should be unloadedimmediately and clearly marked as not suitable for use until fixed. Not havinga storage area available for even a short space of time could seriously impactyour warehouse operations. Ignoring the damage and continuing to use theracking will put added load onto other components and you run the risk of amajor racking collapse.
When there are damaged pallet racking components, we wouldadvise that you have a racking safety inspection conducted to assess the whole structure and torecommend the right course of action to get back to a safe working condition.