Rack Safety Inspections

Home / Services / Rack Safety Inspections

In accordance with the standards set by ANSI/RMI

RAck Manufacturers Institute

REB is proud to provide rack repair and safety inspections to over 50 industries. 


Having your racking system regularly inspected to identify and repair safety concerns is important. It can help avoid a rack collapse, damage to property, and on the extreme end, employee injury.

REB Storage Systems International has a dedicated rack safety and repair team. Our knowledge of rack safety best practices and ANSI/RMI rack safety standards allow us to analyze a rack system, locate all possible risks and make suggestions to help you increase employee safety and asset protection.

If you are concerned about the safety of your racking system, the sooner you address it the better. To speak to Mike McCue, REB's Rack Safety and Repair Account Executive, directly, call 773-366-8002. Alternatively, you can fill in the contact form on this page and Mike will contact you.

See below for more information on REB's rack safety assessments. To view further details on how the rack repair process works, visit our rack repair page.

Submit Your Inquiry

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

"REB's superior rack remediation project management process is evidence they've built the model for the rack repair services business that works."
- Doug Berry
Iron Mountain

Safety Assessment Process

The first step in the safety assessment process is one of our rack safety experts will conduct a full walk through of your facility. Next, you'll be provided with a scope drawing or report that identifies the location of all damage, what type of damage it is, and how critical it is. After reviewing your damage summary, you can then decide if you'd like to move forward with any or all of the repairs.

REB's safety assessments help you comply with the ANSI/RMI 16.1 rack standards. Among these include:

  • Repair and Replacement of Damaged Components: These shall be replaced by qualified persons following recommended and documented procedures. Repair components must be at least as strong as undamaged components.
  • Owner Maintenance: The owner shall maintain the structural integrity of the installed rack system assuring proper operational and maintenance procedures. Regularly inspect for damage and immediately unload the affected area and replace or repair the damaged column(s), beam(s), and other structural components.
  • Additions, Alterations and Reconfiguration: All additions, alterations and reconfiguration should meet the same requirements as the original installation.
  • Rack Damage: Upon any visible damage, the pertinent portions of the rack should be unloaded immediately by the user until the damaged portion is repaired or replaced.

Notable Rack System Safety Concerns

REB’s professional safety inspections focus on two main areas: damage concerns and protection recommendations. Specifically, the degree and type of damage is identified in order to determine whether repair or replacement is needed. Upon inspection completion you’ll be provided with repair and ongoing protection recommendations. At your request, you’ll receive a proposal and a corresponding scope drawing for these services.

  • Column Damage: Rips, tears or deflection beyond acceptable limits. This deflection is greater than ½” or damage that no longer can carry the original rated load.
  • Horizontal & Diagonal Strut Damage: Broken welds, missing braces, or braces with rips, tears or deflection beyond acceptable limits. Deflection greater than ½” bent either horizontally or diagonally.
  • Footplate Damage: Sheared or twisted past ½”. Resides in earthquake region that require seismic risk modified footplates.
  • Overloaded Beams or Frames: Using the RMI description, review the manufacturer’s frame capacity charts. Remember that rated loads refer to an evenly distributed load along the length of the rated member.
  • Anchor Damage: Missing, broken or loose anchors are problematic because each upright footplate, both the front and back, must be anchored to the floor.
  • Missing or Damaged Components: Often, various accessories are missing or damaged, but were originally installed to protect the rack structure or enhance safety. Typically includes: wall ties, crossbars, cross-aisle ties, wire mesh decks or pallet stops.
  • Leaning Frames: When loaded, the minimum plumbness and straightness (both cross and down aisle) of the frame should be less than ½” per 10’ of height.
  • Beam Damage: Missing or damaged beams, loose, damaged or missing fasteners. Deficiencies in load locks and snap locks are common and will fail to hold beam end plates in place. Load beams secured to withstand 1,000 lbs. of uplift force.
  • Damaged Decking: Decking with exposed jagged edges, dips, or missing pieces can cause serious harm to employees or materials and should be replaced immediately.

Submit Your Inquiry

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

If you have any indication that your racking is impaired, it’s time for a professional inspection.

Fill in the contact form or call REB Storage Systems International at 800-252-5955 to schedule an appointment with one of our safety and repair specialists who can perform an inspection of your warehouse. You’ll be provided with repair and ongoing protection recommendations. At your request, you’ll receive a proposal and a corresponding scope drawing for these services.


Brian Dubin

All Products Automotive, Inc.

“We have been a customer for over 15 years. REB offers a good selection of products at great prices. They are an excellent source of materials along with suggestions and information on a variety of storage issues."

Bruce Moulton

Harrington Industrial Plastics

“REB is by far my favorite vendor, the customer service and dedication to making sure every order is complete and on time. Fantastic communication, and an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Gary Rothschild

Epko Industries

“First time customer and REB provided excellent service and competitive pricing. Would use them again.”

Elliot Sneen

Cabernet Corporation

“Great customer service with an accurate storage system!”

Richard Steed

Pacific Storage Company

“We have used REB Storage Systems for a number of years and will continue to do so in the years to come. Their entire staff are wonderful to work with and provide a seamless installation from beginning to end. Their focus to detail and quality installation has been a valuable resource to our company.”

Tom Beckermann

Felling Trailers Inc.

“REB Storage Systems provides a high quality product with the best customer service in the industry, no matter the volume of products we buy.”