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Posted on: February 25th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Time for a racking inspection?

Here at Logical Storage one question that we are frequently asked is how often companies should have their racking systems inspected.  In truth, there is no easy answer as every business is different, has different requirements, different equipment and different levels of operation. However, in general we advise that rack inspections take place at least once a year.

A key reason for this is that a rack inspection can highlight any serious flaws before they have chance to wreak havoc on your operations or risk the health and safety of your employees.  Pallet racks are often under great strain from heavy goods and any beam damage or cracking needs to be dealt with quickly.

Under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007) companies and organisations can be found culpable for a breach of their duty of care. If poorly maintained racking results in an accident and it is discovered that you did not make adequate arrangements to have them regularly assessed, then you could be held to blame.

You are also required under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998) to meet standards which apply to racking. This means ensuring that racking is suitable for use, safe, maintained and inspected. Equipment must only be used by employees with proper training and there must be reasonable safety measures in place such as warning signs, protective equipment and markings.

In terms of your operations, damage to your racking could actually result in reduced load bearing capacity by as much as 40% which is a great inefficiency. This is why it’s important to get your racking checked regularly and particularly prior to busy periods.

Logical Storage Solutions have extensive experience in performing racking inspections and can help guide businesses in meeting their legal duties and Health & Safety obligations. To learn more about a Logical Storage rack inspection click here or call us on 0845 689 1300 to discuss your needs.