Factors that put your racking system at a higher risk of damage include the following:
- Traffic. The more activity in an area of the rack system, the more prone that area will be to damage.
- Narrow Aisles. Narrow aisles make damage more likely since it is harder to maneuver equipment in and out of the rack due to lack of adequate space.
- Product Changes. The products stored in the rack often change over time. Changes in the weight or the size of the material create an opportunity for the rack to be improperly loaded or damaged.
Oftentimes a damaged rack is left in service either because the damage is not noticed, or it is assumed that it is minor and does not need to be addressed. It is important to have all components of your pallet rack system inspected regularly for damage and to confirm all safety devices are properly engaged to minimize the likelihood of an accident. Areas prone to damage may need to be inspected more often to keep the pallet rack properly maintained.