Racking inspections might not seem like the most exciting aspect of the warehouse storage industry…because they aren’t. But regular inspections could be one of the most important. They will help your business stay on top of any faulty racking, giving clients the confidence that their products are well stored and protected, setting you ahead of your competitors. Let’s have a further look at the necessity for racking inspections; you may even find yourself booking one once we’ve finished.
Protect Your Employees
There have been many frightening examples of warehouse employees being badly harmed by falling pallets, metal shelving and heavy boxes, usually whilst driving a fork-lift truck into racking. These trucks are hefty vehicles and if a section of racking were just slightly loose, even a small crash or miscalculation would dislodge the racking and cause the framework and products to fall. Of course, companies should ensure drivers are fully trained on using fork-lift trucks and carefully accessing the racks. But no matter how much training is done, faulty racking is putting staff health in danger. And if endangering people isn’t a good enough reason, any malfunctioning equipment causing injury could mean paying out a large injury-in-the-workplace cheque.
Don’t Risk Losing Clients
Publicised racking inspections will show clients that you take the protection of their products very seriously, making your business a more attractive proposition. They want the most trustworthy storage facility possible. If they are storing products with you and defective racking causes product damage, not only could it be financially costly to both parties, but negative word-of-mouth from clients may affect your company’s reputation.
You’re Breaking the Law
It is a legal requirement to have an annual racking inspection carried out by an expert inspector. This is on top of in-house inspections which should be performed regularly by a nominated racking safety official. Make sure you stay updated with the latest practices according to SEMA guidelines as they change. Each warehouse will have different inspection measures depending on the size of the racking system, the other operating equipment used it the warehouse and the amount of activity taking place in the storage area.
It is much cheaper to maintain, and fix racking found to be faulty following inspection, as opposed to letting it brake beyond repair and needing to buy a replacement. The longer you wait, the more expensive the problem will become.
If you haven’t already, book your racking inspection as soon as possible.