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:


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.

What to Do With Your Used Shelving

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Sometimes, you need to rethink the design of your warehouse shelving in order to maximize the use of the available space. This means creating a new layout and installing new shelving and racking systems. In this case, what can you do with the used shelving?

Here are some options identified by warehouse services providers Preferred Equipment Company representatives:

  1. Recycle the Old Shelving

Warehouse shelves are usually made of metal. This is a valuable natural resource and should not be wasted. You can find recycling centers that will actually pay you for your used shelving (per kilogram of metal) and melt them.

The metal will be used to create other useful objects – maybe a new batch of shelving that other warehouse has just ordered.

  1. Sell the Used Shelving

Smaller businesses cannot afford brand new shelving for their store backroom or warehouse. They will be more than happy to take yours, if they are in fairly good condition, at a discount price.

This is a win-win situation both for your company and for a new entrepreneur who is just starting out in business.

  1. Repurpose the Shelving

Used shelving can be integrated in the new design of your warehouse racking. Or, you may find them useful repurposed as workbenches in your workshop or elsewhere in a production or storage facility.

Read This Before You Remodel Your Warehouse

Are you planning to remodel your warehouse? This is an expensive project and it will affect your entire supply chain operations, so you must get it right from the get go. Here are tips from the experts at Preferred Equipment Company on some of the most important aspects you should consider during the planning phase:

  1. Expand Storage Space Upwards

You cannot increase the surface of your warehouse, but you can install taller racking systems. Vertical space is at a premium in all warehouses, so make sure that you make the most of if.

  1. Design Aisles to Improve Workflow

Coming back down to earth, make sure that each inch of the floor plan is carefully accounted for. Create traffic aisles for pedestrians and warehouse vehicles, specially designated area for storing empty packages and for loading/unloading boxes, so that you have a smooth workflow, without interruptions.

  1. Plan a Technology Friendly Warehouse

Manual labor is no longer feasible in large warehouses. Smart robots and self driving vehicles do the heavy lifting and they need to be taken into account when planning your warehouse redesign. Many such devices need special markers to learn their route and accessible racking systems to manipulate items and palletized goods.

  1. Create a Safer Workplace

Warehouse remodeling should focus on employee safety. Elements such as anti-slip floors, clear traffic markers for pedestrians and signaling for hazardous area must be included in the design of your new warehouse.

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