Saturday, 16 August 2014

Tips on Pallet Racking

Consider the Load
An important tip on pallet racking to keep in mind is to consider the load. • light-duty racking (for example, load capacity does not exceed 660 pounds)

• medium-duty pallet racking (for example, load capacity is between 660 and 1,320 pounds)
• heavy-duty pallet racking (for example, load capacity is more than 1,320 pounds)

Types of Systems
There are many different types of pallet racking systems available to consider:

Other Safety Tips
Safety should be a top priority when it comes to pallet racking.
• Maintain awareness of all potential hazards in the racking area/areas; this can include falling objects (cargo, pallets, and pallet furniture components), ladders, spills, trip hazards, and forklifts
• Trip hazards: Regularly inspect pallet racking areas and keep an eye out for trip hazards, such as pieces of broken wooden pallet pieces, pallet strapping, cardboard, shrink wrapping, paper, etc; pick up and discard trip hazards

• Forklifts:
o Only certified forklift operators should operate forklifts
o Stay alert when working in racking areas where forklifts and/or pallet trucks are in operation
o Stay away from areas where forklifts are in frequent use

• Regularly inspect for damaged pallet components; immediately report any damages and do not attempt to fix yourself, unless you are trained to do so

• Regularly inspect pallets for falling object hazards; report immediately
• Do not stand on or climb pallet racking shelves
• Ensure the pallets are used only for their intended use
• Consider having a professional engineer inspect your system annually