Steel pallet racks are as critical to your warehouse operation as the employees that work within it. Unfortunately, these essential structures are often neglected after installation, creating potentially deadly occupational health and safety risks as well as costly property damage.
Without comprehensive pallet racking inspections and self-assessments serious accidents from faulty or damaged racks are likely to occur.
However, as we’ll see businesses can drastically increase safety in their warehouses by preemptively addressing these five common but critical pallet rack safety hazards.
But first, a quick look at two important storage rack regulations as deemed by OSHA:
- 1910.176(b), which discusses properly securing stored items to prevent falling or collapse.
- 1910.159, which specifies an 18-in clearance of fire sprinklers from the height of the storage unit.
Additionally, several other racking issues are covered in detail by the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, and specifically those in the ANSI/RMI MH16.1 – Specification for the Design, Testing and Utilization of Industrial Steel Storage Racks.