Pallet racking inspection is a vital business process that ensures the safety of your workplace environment. That’s because even the sturdiest racking equipment can still have faults that extend from loose bolts to structural damage and general wear and tear.
Eco Pallets New Zealand Pallet Racking Inspection Checklist
We’ve put together a comprehensive pallet racking inspection checklist to help you resolve any issues before they cause serious harm to your employees. In addition to this, you can save thousands of dollars in damages from racks collapsing in your warehouse.
Gather Pallet Racking Inspection Documentation
Before you start conducting a thorough inspection of your pallet racks, it is important to have an organised method of marking all of your observations. This allows you to clearly monitor faults and immediately solve any issues as soon as they have been identified. Additionally, in-depth documentation will monitor how often inspections are carried out and keep records of performance for future reference.
Check Your Pallet Racking Manufacturers Guidelines
In addition to your own guidelines, be sure to read through your pallet manufacturers manual for further information. This will tell you everything you need to know about using your racks safely in the workplace. Plus, your pallet racks are more likely to last longer if you abide by the maintenance guidelines stated in the manual, which also saves you on repair costs in the long run.
General Maintenance Procedures
In order to guarantee that your pallet racking is safe to use, be sure to follow this list of general maintenance inspections.
Ensure that your racks are visibly straight and level
The first step of your pallet rack inspection is to check whether your pallets are straight and level. If one of your pallets is either leaning or bowed, it may not be able to handle its normal capacity. This type of damage is typically caused by a few issues:
- Poor installation
- Uneven flooring
- Improper configuration
- Out-of-place shims
If you find that one of your racks is bent or unstable, be sure to resolve the issue as soon as possible. This will prevent a minor issue such as forklift collision from turning into severe catastrophes.
Check for rusted or corroded metal
Spotting rust or corrosion is key to ensuring that your rack does not weaken over time. If it is left too late, your racks may buckle under the pressure of a heavy load and injure your warehouse operatives. It should be noted that painting over rust or corrosion won’t solve the problem. Instead, it’ll make it even more difficult to identify before it’s too late.
Monitor the weight of your loads
Even the strongest of racking systems have their weight limits. Therefore, you must routinely monitor the weight of your loads to prevent overloading capacity.
Although beams have a rated capacity, this may decrease over time as the equipment is subject to general wear and tear. This makes it extremely important to conduct weight inspections on a frequent basis.
The best time to test your system’s weight capacity is right before changing loads. If you’re unable to decipher the exact weight, store your heaviest inventory lower to the ground and the lightest inventory on top. In addition to this, you may want to invest in a lightweight pallet alternative such as plastic pallets as opposed to wooden pallets.
Identify general visible damage
Always stay on the lookout for visible damage to your load beams, for example dents, scratches, and twists. They cost very little to repair and it’s better to spot them early on before the damage becomes more severe.
Identify damage to horizontal braces, footplates and base plates
These are some of the most vital components in any racking system and therefore must be assessed regularly. Horizontal braces are prone to bending and twisting under pressure and base plates may show signs of prior collision or damage. As a result be sure to confirm whether the protector effectively shielded the base plates and that footplates are correctly fixed to the floor.
Check for chipped paint
If you spot chipped paint on one of your racks, it is usually a tell-tale sign of collision with a larger piece of equipment or forklift. Investigate each rack that you find with chipped paint to understand what caused the problem.
Check for optimal deflection
Placing pallets on top of beams will always cause some level of deflection whereby the weight of the load causes the beam to dip. That being so, an excessive amount of deflection is never a good sign. When you unload the pallets, the beam should return to its normal state with no sign of deflection. If this is not the case, you must replace your beams.
Identify any missing components
Missing components such as bolts, pins and clips can cause serious problems if they’re left unattended. It is essential to know which parts to look out for when conducting your checks, however. Some systems use both safety pins and attachment pins to ensure a tighter fit. If you encounter a missing part, be sure to replace it immediately.
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