A safe warehouse is an efficient warehouse. An unsafe warehouse is a liability.

Rack uprights are bumped and pushed by material handling equipment, beam elevations or pallet loads are readjusted to fit loaded pallets, and components are modified or aisles narrowed to accommodate inventory. All of these actions happen as a matter of running a warehouse, but what warehouse rack safety measures are taken to ensure that these actions have not compromised the integrity of your rack system?

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These statements should prove that you need to implement pallet rack protection now: 1. The safety of your employees is of the upmost importance. 2. The products stored in your warehouse are essential to your business. 3. Your rack system is a significant investment.

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Keeping your warehouse operating safely and at peak efficiency begins with routine inspection and maintenance. International Building codes (IBC) and occupancy permits increasingly include ANSI/RMI (American National Standards Institute / Rack Manufacturers Institute) standards. Ask yourself, what standards are in place after a warehouse is put in operation or what about retrofitted warehouses? Rack uprights are bumped and pushed by material handling equipment, beam elevations or pallet loads are readjusted to fit loaded pallets, and components are modified or aisles narrowed to accommodate inventory. All of that happens as a matter of running a warehouse, but what doesn’t always happen is regularly inspecting pallet rack systems.

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Compromised and damaged racking can lead to a variety of problems that not only threatens the security of stored materials but may also affect the overall viability of your operation and put your employees at risk. As a result, it’s necessary to assess and address any safety issues with your racking system.

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