Industrial pallet racks are a convenient form of storage. However, you will need to make sure that you take steps necessary to protect the safety of your employees so that the contents of the industrial pallet racks do not fall upon them. If you take measures to keep your employees safe, you will save money through lower insurance premiums and you will sleep better at night knowing that you will be less likely to have an accident.
Industrial netting is an affordable way to protect workers from falling cargo. The industrial netting catches the cargo as it falls. Netting is a flexible option because you have control over the portion of the industrial pallet rack that you protect. You can guard an entire row, a partial row or just one bay. The netting is usually made out of nylon and is washable.
Another option is to install mesh panels. These are more rigid since they consist of wire mesh. As a result, they can prevent the cargo from shifting. The wire meshes are washable and can be steam-cleaned. When the wire meshes and industrial netting are no longer needed, they can be detached.
Even if you take protective measures, you will need to regularly inspect the industrial pallet racks to make sure that they are not damaged. Damage can come in the form of rust, a deformed strut or cracks. If you notice damage, you will need to first remove the materials placed on the pallet and you will then need to replace the damaged strut with a new one. The longer you wait, the more likely that there will be an accident.
Preventing Pallet Damage
One of the most common reasons racks become damaged in the first place is that a forklift accidentally rams into the pallet. Workers must be educated on these risks so they do not behave recklessly. Only allow workers to operate forklifts if they have been trained on how to use them. Also, make sure that the aisles are wide enough so the workers can maneuver better and are less likely to have an accident.
The safety measures may require that you spend some extra money upfront, but the benefits of keeping your employees safe will make up for these costs. You'll also minimize damage to your property and your company will develop a positive reputation for caring about their employees.
For more information about industrial pallet racks, contact Certified Handling Systems or a similar company.