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The best pallet rack safety tips

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Your pallet racking system is designed to hold inventory safely until you need it but you must take measures to keep the racking safe to avoid accidents.

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Most pallet racking accidents are caused by one or more of the following causes: forklift truck impact, overloading or misusing the racking and a lack of understanding that racking can be dangerous.

Understand your racking system and its purpose

Whether you are buying a new pallet system or inheriting an old one, it’s important to understand how it’s constructed and how you should use it. Make sure that you, and all your employees, know the capacity of the rack and how to load and unload it properly.

Protect the corner and the ends

These areas are the most likely to be hit by a forklift truck, so you’ll improve safety in your warehouse and lengthen the life of your racking system if you invest in protection such as steel guardrails and post protectors.

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Stay within your system’s capacity

It seems simple – don’t overload your racks. In practice, you need to make sure that the capacities of your racking system are clearly posted where your employees can see them on the racks themselves. Make sure that your warehouse operatives know what each rack can carry and also what each load weighs. Guesswork isn’t enough. If you’re not sure about your system’s capacity, call in an expert such as  to be sure.

Maintain your racking system

If your racking system hasn’t been installed properly or has been in place a long time, then you need to make sure that it’s still properly fastened. Check that uprights are properly bolted to the floor and that beams are securely fastened to the rack. Safety clips and rivets should be checked as well. For more information about pallet rack safety, see this article

Replace damaged racks

Damaged racks are just accidents waiting to happen. If you’re concerned about the cost of a new system, then explore the possibilities of quality used pallet racking.

Place the load properly

Your drivers need to place the load squarely on the support beams, with a uniform load on the front and back. This distributes the weight evenly and prevents damage caused by uneven stresses. It also maximises your storage capacity.