Archive for September, 2013

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by admin No Comments


Being an owner managed organisation allows us to be extremely flexible in our approach to working with customers.

The project was particularly interesting, as we needed to ensure the operation remained unaffected by the racking installation and at the same time, execute a phased handover programme.

The first milestone in the programme required us to handover 2000 pallet spaces in just 5 days, which I am pleased to say we achieved with our S.E.I.R.S. approved installation teams. The installation comprises of a 600m2 anti collapse mesh screen, rack upright protection, mesh panel decking, labelling and steel partitioning, all of which needed to be co-ordinated into the programme to ensure the deadlines were achieved.

For further information, please visit or telephone 0845 689 1300.

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by admin No Comments


In this post we are continuing our look at the various pieces of legislation and regulations that affect health and safety in the workplace. Today, we are looking at the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. These regulations are often abbreviated to PUWER.

PUWER 1998 assesses and aims to prevent risk of injury to workers from any equipment they use. It places responsibilities on employers and businesses which own or use equipment for work, or whose employees use equipment, even if it is not owned by them. The regulations therefore cover any equipment which is used by an employee at work, but not equipment which is used by the public.

The regulations demand that all employers must ensure that their equipment is suitable for its purpose, in good working order, safe to use, maintained correctly, inspected regularly, accompanied by appropriate health and safety measures to ensure that it is not a risk to health and safety, and that it is only used by people who have received the necessary training and information.  Machinery must have a maintenance log which is kept up to date.

Equipment includes machinery and tools, and covers just about anything used by an employee for working, including equipment that the employees provide themselves. Employers have a responsibility to make sure that employees’ equipment complies with PUWER.  PUWER applies to any workplace where the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – this includes shops, offices, factories, warehouses, hospitals, construction sites etc.

Warehouse racking, along with all other forms of storage equipment, is considered as work equipment, and therefore must comply with PUWER. If your equipment does not meet the standards set out in PUWER then you are potentially risking the lives of your employees, and exposing yourself and your company to prosecution.

The easiest way to ensure that you comply with PUWER is to get a Logical Rack Inspection. We give impartial advice as we do not work directly with original equipment manufacturers, we provide a comprehensive report, and we are highly experienced in the industry. Please give us a call on 0845 689 1300 to discuss one off, annual, bi-annual or quarterly rack inspections for your facilities.