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Pallet Racking FAQs

What is pallet racking used for?

Pallet racking provides a safe and efficient means for storage and handling palletised goods within a warehouse. When correctly used, pallet racking increases a warehouse's storage capacity and allows for optimised efficiency. There are many different types of pallet racking, each one having its own advantages and specification, thus meaning that there will be a pallet racking system able to hold any configuration of goods and materials that you require.

How does pallet racking work?

Pallet racking is made up from a number of main components and structural elements including load beams, upright frames, horizontal or diagonal braces, pallet supports, and decking. Pallets are loaded on and off the racks, often via forklift, and are stored in rows. They can work in last in first out, or first in first out configurations depending on the needs of your goods.

What is the most common type of pallet racking?

Adjustable Pallet Racking is the most common form of pallet racking and offers a dynamic, efficient storage system that creates a sturdy, durable and easily managed structure. Adjustable Pallet Racking allows flexibility as beams can be raised or lowered to create different size spaces to accommodate a variety of pallet sizes and weights. It offers a system that can be altered and reconfigured as your business and warehouse requirements change which is why it is so widely used. Pallets can be retrieved via forklift, or hand picking on the lower levels.

What affects the cost of pallet racking?

The three key factors that affect the prices of pallet racking are; the size of the space you are looking to fill, the location of your warehouse, the type of pallet rack, and the resulting assembly and manufacturing methods involved.

What are the main causes of damage to pallet racking?

The most significant cause of damage to pallet racking is forklift impact, and this is the reason behind 90% of pallet racking collapse. Other significant reasons for damage include; unqualified installers, unregulated beam elevation adjustments that results in compromisation of load capacity, overloading the racking and causing beams or connectors to buckle under the strain, and neglecting maintenance.

How do I maintain my pallet racking?

Pallet racking must be maintained under guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive in HSG76. Maintenance begins by properly installing the racking and using regulated companies, and is continued by having a SARI approved competent person perform racking inspections at least annually to monitor any accidental damage. You can also make maintenance easier by installing safety products and ensuring load ratings and safety documentation are present and correct, so damage doesn’t occur from misuse.

What are the different types of pallet racking?

The main types of pallet racking are:

  • Adjustable Pallet Racking

  • Drive In/ Drive Through Racking

  • Cantilever Racking

  • Push Back Racking

  • Selective Pallet Racking

What are SARI pallet racking inspections?

SARI stands for ‘SEMA Approved Racking Inspectors’ and they perform inspections that are an essential aspect of any safe warehouse operation. A SARI is considered a 'Competent Person' to inspect your storage racks and is recognised by the HSE as someone with the ability to provide a high standard racking inspection that complies with all safety guidelines. Following the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, employers have a legal obligation to routinely inspect any ‘work equipment’ which could deteriorate or be damaged. Storage racking falls within the definition of ‘work equipment’ and as such, any damage can not only be commercially disastrous and dangerous to work around, but it is also a legal requirement for any business to repair any damage. Pallet racking inspections must be carried out at least annually.

Here at DC Space and Storage Solutions, a member of our team is always on hand to answer your questions and provide you with the best possible solution to your storage needs.

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