Are Your Pallet Racks Safe?


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.







SymptomRecommendation
No locking pins- Beams may pop outReplace locks or add a Nut and Bolt to secure

Beam in place.
Different size/type beams in the same bayDo Not Force different lengths in same bay!
First beam level above head heightBeam spacing beyond 48 will reduce Load Capacity
Loose floor boltsAnchors are coming loose, need replaced or

Tightened.
Any damage to the uprights however slightWill eventually lead to failure and will get

Worse over time.
Gashes to beams- Fork PunctureReplace Beam
Bowed beams unloadedDamaged, replace
No load safety information noticesWe 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 warehouseOn some Teardrop Racks you can combine

Different MFG's, otherwise do not mix brands!
Nuts or bolts lying loose on the floorCould indicate loose anchors or missing locks.
Pronounced bowing of the beams under loadOverloaded Beam!! Reduce load immediately.
Rusty corroded componentsDegrading, replace
Twisted uprightsBeginning to fail, replace
Bent horizontals or diagonals in the framesNot load bearing, but moderate to severe

Damage will eventual degrade performance.
Damaged protection componentsNot doing its job
Loose beams not locked into the louvers or slots of the uprightMake sure properly installed and proper use

Of locking devise.
Beams which have been shortened or modified or with poor weldsOnly should be done by a certified and

Competent welder.
Improvised joins or splices in the frames especially at low levelAgain, repairs should only be done by a

Certified competent welder according to

RMI specifications.
If there is an obvious amount of excessive damage it may indicate more serious system issuesIf 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