Are Your Pallet Racks Safe?

Good quality Pallet Racks manufactured to RMI Standards will last virtually forever if taken care of (not abused, overloaded or stored outdoors). Unfortunately that is not always the case in the real world. Even your most experienced Forklift Operators will bump the racks time to time, the not so good operators will do this even more so - either through being distracted, neglect or just not caring. Other Operator errors include overloading and improper entry and exiting of the pallets themselves.

Damaged Racks can lead to failure and will need to be repaired or replaced. Rack failure can have severe consequences including loss of life, damage to machinery and/or products stored on racks. We suggest you inspect your Racks at least a couple times a year and encourage your employees to point out potential hazards. We also suggest getting your Forklift Operators trained and certified. A few ounces of prevention can be the difference between a serious injury or accident and a productive, safe warehouse. We have put together a list of common problems that may affect you Pallet Racks safety and performance along with a few common sense solutions.

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 Tightened.
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 Competent welder.
Improvised joins or splices in the frames especially at low level Again, 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 issues If it looks bad, it is¦¦¦¦¦replace

If you are experiencing any of the problems with your Racks, please give us a call. One of our knowledgeable Sales Representatives at Russell Industries can determine if you have a small or large problem and can help determine if you need a simple repair or replacements. Please call 713-692-7225 Houston or 877-718-7225 Irving (DFW) and remember a Successful Warehouse is a Safe Warehouse!!!