Safety Measures to Follow When Setting Up Your Pallets and Racking Systems
Installing racking systems poses certain hazards for safety. This is why the installation and use of pallet and racking systems is strictly regulated by the OHSA. When a fully loaded racking system collapses while your employees are near it, lives can be lost or people may be left with lifelong disabilities.
Here are the main safety measures implemented by shelving Colorado companies concerning the setting up of pallets and racking systems:
- Follow the Design Specifications to the Letter
Design specifications take into consideration various factors, from ergonomics to maximum load capacity. No one should be allowed to make any variations to the design when installing racking systems.
If you believe you can have a different configuration, refer the issue to the engineer that designed the racking system and wait for their approval.
- Securing the Units with Fittings
Fittings should create solid units, which can bear the maximum load capacity. Any loose screw or bolt may compromise the reliability of an entire racking unit. Workers must be instructed to manually test that each element is properly secured before moving on to a new element.
- All Workers Must Wear Protective Gear
Personal protective equipment must be given all workers and none of them should be allowed to start their tasks if they are not wearing it. Hard hats, goggles and protective gloves represent the bare minimum acceptable for rack installation jobs.