Warehouse Racking – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Racks provide optimal and easy to maintain storage space in warehouses, commercial operations and even retail stores. Of course, they are of different types, but the most common ones are the pallet racks. More often than not, warehouse owners and workers tend to experience problems with their units from the moment they are installed.

Taking time to understand how to use these racks properly will come a long way in ensuring the safety of everyone in the warehouse. Here are common mistakes to avoid when it comes to purchasing and using your racking system.

The safety of racks involves understanding the load limit, proper use, and preventing components from being damaged. To prevent them from becoming dangerous and expensive, it’s wise that you take note of these common mistakes outlined below, and avoid them.

Purchasing the wrong rack size

It is difficult to choose a system that well fits your premise without some guidance. Often, warehouse owners tend to buy racks that are either too tall for the forklift truck or too narrow, which may end up not being used at all. It will be a waste of time, effort and money to install the wrong size of racks. It’s therefore wise that you get the correct dimensions to avoid this from happening.

Installing a used rack

Used goods are easy to find and are sold at lower prices. That’s why most of us rush to purchase them quickly. But when it comes to a racking system, picking used racks of poor quality could result in adverse consequences. The upper surface can be deceiving and hides many underlying problems, which could lead to accidents or the entire unit may need to be replaced after a very short time. If you are on a tight budget, consider buying these used racks from a reputable seller.

Climbing the Racks

A warehouse environment is a busy one. Everything seems to be always in motion. To save some time, people tend to climb over the racks to pick items or do other things. If you are running against the clock, it might be tempting to climb up and get the one needed box or tool. However, doing that is extremely dangerous and could result in serious injuries should you fall. Racks are not designed for climbing. They have broken planks and fractured stringers that may not be able to handle a person’s weight.

Overloading the racking system

It’s critical that you know the amount of weight your rack can hold before loading it as that will ensure worker safety. If your racking system was designed for light load and you overload it with heavy items, a collapse is inevitable. Be sure that your unit can hold the weight you intend to place on it, especially, the upper levels. However, you can avoid collapses by storing heavier items on the floor or in the lower bays.

Overlooking height to depth ratio

People mostly pay attention to easy parts such as the beam capacity. But to also ensure a safe and reliable rack system, it’s essential that you consider the height to depth ratio. This is the ratio of the distance from the floor to the top beam level divided by the depth of the frame. The correct ratio shouldn’t exceed 6:1. If it’s higher than that, then it puts the workers at risk of getting injuries. It’s best that you consult with a rack provider regarding the best ratio for your warehouse racking.