Incorporating Rack Safety

Here are seven ways operators can incorporate rack safety into a new system.

1. Thoroughly evaluate the most effective material handling system for your operational requirements.

2. For static rack applications, ensure that lift truck clearances are approved by the lift truck vendor.

3. Develop shelf elevations for all potential slotting configurations. This means anticipate future changes and account for all possibilities in design and capacity requirements.

4. Develop a set of concept drawings for owner / management review and approval.

5. Integrate fire protection, egress and lighting requirements into your design.

6. Consider appropriate clearances for safe and productive operations.

7. Develop an impact protection strategy by considering...

Material: With reinforced channel corners and thicker steel columns, structural steel can withstand far greater impact and hold more pounds per foot than rolled steel.

Even if damaged, structural steel maintains 80 percent to 90 percent of its load capacity and may be repaired on site.

Horizontal spacing: Tighter horizontal spacing at the lower portions of the frame help prevent column failure.

Boxed or Reinforced Columns: Boxing the front columns provides excellent fork truck impact resistance.

Rub Rails: Horizontal members that bolt into frames below the lowest horizontal. They protect the frame from damage by the fork truck or pallet in two ways; the rub rail helps distribute any impact forces to the

rear column of the frame, and it prevents the column from rotating when hit

Post Protectors and Bull Noses: Protect the front column from damage by deflecting impact from pallets or fork trucks.

Row End Protectors: Provide protection against fork lift damage where it is needed most - at the end of the aisle.

Reference: Frazier