A pallet rack is comprised of two main components: beams and uprights. Steel beams run horizontally between vertical uprights to create a shelf-like space in the pallet racking system. Pallet rack uprights are the most essential component for a pallet rack system with a heavy load. To ensure rack safety it is essential to take all the preventative measures like utilizing column guards to prevent damage or doing necessary rack repairs to ensure your racking system remains physically robust.
Racking should be inspected regularly by a warehouse team member but a pallet racking safety inspection is often required to ensure your racking is safe to use. When needed QMH can assess your pallet racking thoroughly to maximize employee and in your warehouse. Inspection includes: testing the sustainability of racking components, locate damages within the racking system and identify any potential issues that can potentially cause costly damages.
Any damages caused to the structure of the beams or uprights can result in
Prevent costly damages and maximize employee safety in your warehouse! Call today to speak to a racking expert about investing in safety features for your racking system in your warehouse.
Rack Damage Prevention
In order to protect your pallet rack uprights from forklift damage and provide optimal support and safety in a warehouse, it is highly recommended to get column guards as an accessory for your uprights. Column guards protect uprights from getting bent and dented which could lead to weakening upright support and potential for a pallet rack to collapse over time as a result of reoccurring damage to the uprights. Column guards will keep your system safe and secure!
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Frequently Asked Questions
It is recommended by MHI to have your racks inspected annually at a minimum. Additionally, if at any point your racking system becomes damaged by a forklift or other warehouse equipment, we recommend having your racks inspected and replacing the damaged piece. Safety should be the priority in your warehouse.
It’s highly recommended to install column guards to protect your uprights, especially if you have a lot of forklift traffic around your warehouse. You have already invested in your pallet racking system—make your investment worthwhile and protect your pallet racking. Column guards could save you thousands worth of potential damage in the long run.
A concentrated static load is not evenly distributed over the surface of the deck. A point load is a static load that is focused to different points of the deck. For instance, this could be a container with feet or bars that hold the weight, concentrated in a few different areas of the container.
A UDL is any evenly spread, static, load that is distributed over the whole surface of the deck.
The Rack Manufacturers’ Institute requires that racking be anchored to the floor. This applies to all racking frames, all of the time. If you’re unsure about what size anchor bolts to use, contact the manufacturer. If you’re in a seismic zone, the requirement may require more than the most standard ½” anchor bolt. Depending on the racks and your location, you may only need one anchor bolt per column, or you may need to use all 4 holes in the base. Your manufacturer should be well informed on requirements and can make sure your racks are anchored to meet city codes. Anchors help keep the racks in place, guaranteeing pallet racking reliability and durability, providing safety in your warehouse.
You need an engineer to ensure that the forces transferred from the racking to the wall, as well as the wall to the racking, will not damage the racking or building structure.