Importance of Stack Rack Safety in Warehouses
The importance of safety in a warehouse environment cannot be overstated. With forklifts and other heavy machinery carrying weighty loads from one place to another, a simple mistake can easily lead to property and product damage, injuries, or even worse! It’s no wonder why so much emphasis is put on safety training for those people operating machinery. However, there are also many safety concerns associated with how stack racks are used as well. As one of the top suppliers of industrial-grade racks and shelves, including tire racks, shipping racks, and stacking pallets, Tier-Rack has become an expert in safe storage. This blog will go over some of the best practices in warehouse safety and potential hazards to avoid.
How to Avoid Potential Warehouse Hazards
Almost all accidents can be avoided by following the guidelines created by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in combination with the safety rules implemented by the warehouse manager. This includes:
· Store heavier loads on the lower shelves.
· Make sure that stack racks are loaded straight and even.
· Employees should be properly trained in lifting techniques and machinery use.
· Make sure that aisles and storage areas are free of clutter and of any items that can cause fire, tripping, explosion, and pest infestation.
· Protect your racking system from collision damage with frame end guards, drive-in floor channels, and rack bollards.
· Provide adequate lighting in the storage facility.
Best Practices for Warehouse Storage Safety
Keeping your employees and products safe is vital for your success in the storage business. Here are some safety tips that can help you create a safer work environment:
· Conduct Regular Inspections – Inspecting your racking system on a regular basis will help keep you up to date on any damages and potential hazards. You should check for sagging, leaning, damaged beams, dents, or other damages. For a more comprehensive inspection, you should seek third-party racking specialists with experience like Tier-Rack.
· Avoid Improper Rack Use – There are a wide variety of different types of racks, and each was designed for specific storage use. For example, a tire rack is for tires and pad racks are for carpets. Using them to store something other than what they were designed for can cause the racks to break, resulting in damage or injury.
· Don’t Exceed Capacity – All stack racks come with a maximum capacity threshold, and adding more than what it is designed to handle will lead to structural failure. It is recommended by ANSI and OSHA that all racking systems display information about its load capacity for all to see. Overhanging products are also a common safety hazard that should be avoided.
· Correct Installation – Incorrect installation of a racking system is a major safety hazard for everyone in the warehouse. Make sure that the racks are level, flush and aligned. For certain instances, they should also be anchored to the floor for better stability.
Tier-Rack has been an industry leader for over 60 years and provides you with custom racks that meet your specific needs in order to ensure optimum warehouse safety. We also buy and sell used stack racks that meet the strictest safety requirements. Simply put, Tier-Rack is your go to source for racks and shelving.