Quality Pallet Racks, manufactured to RMI Standards, will virtually last forever if maintained properly (not abused, overloaded or stored outdoors). Unfortunately, that is not always the case in the real world. Even experienced forklift operators will bump into pallet racks time to time. The not-so-good operators will do this even more through being distracted, neglect or just not caring. Other operator errors can include overloading and improper entry/exiting of pallets.
Damaged Pallet Racks can lead to load failure and need to be repaired or replaced. Rack failure can have severe consequences including loss of life, damage to machinery and/or product stored on racks. We suggest you inspect your Pallet Racks at least every quarter and encourage your employees to point out potential hazards. We also suggest getting your forklift operators trained and certified. Preventative measures can be the difference between a serious injury or accident and a productive, safe warehouse. We have put together a list of common problems and solutions that may affect the safety and performance of your Pallet Racks.
Danger Signals to Look Out For
- All the elements listed below run the risk of collapse, potential death and serious injury.
|No locking pins- Beams may pop out||Replace locks or add a Nut and Bolt to secure|
Beam in place.
|Different size/type beams in the same bay||Do Not Force different lengths in same bay!|
|First beam level above head height||Beam spacing beyond 48 will reduce Load Capacity|
|Loose floor bolts||Anchors are coming loose, need replaced or|
|Any damage to the uprights however slight||Will eventually lead to failure and will get|
Worse over time.
|Gashes to beams- Fork Puncture||Replace Beam|
|Bowed beams unloaded||Damaged, replace|
|No load safety information notices||We recommend stamping Beams with load|
Capacities to make operators aware of what
Can safely be put on Racks.
|Multiple product makes/brands in the same run or warehouse||On some Teardrop Racks you can combine|
Different MFG's, otherwise do not mix brands!
|Nuts or bolts lying loose on the floor||Could indicate loose anchors or missing locks.|
|Pronounced bowing of the beams under load||Overloaded Beam!! Reduce load immediately.|
|Rusty corroded components||Degrading, replace|
|Twisted uprights||Beginning to fail, replace|
|Bent horizontals or diagonals in the frames||Not load bearing, but moderate to severe|
Damage will eventual degrade performance.
|Damaged protection components||Not doing its job|
|Loose beams not locked into the louvers or slots of the upright||Make sure properly installed and proper use|
Of locking devise.
|Beams which have been shortened or modified or with poor welds||Only should be done by a certified and|
|Improvised joins or splices in the frames especially at low level||Again, repairs should only be done by a|
Certified competent welder according to
|If there is an obvious amount of excessive damage it may indicate more serious system issues||If it looks bad, it is¦¦¦¦¦replace|
If you are experiencing any problems with your Pallet Racks, please give us a call:
Houston - 713.692.7225
Irving (DFW) - 877.718.7225