If your racking is not properly maintained, not only do you risk injuring employees or costly damaging material, but your business’s liability increases significantly. If an accident occurs due to structural deficiencies, which is quite often the result of normal wear and tear, then your company could be liable for allowing an unsafe condition to go unresolved. Pallet rack safety should be a top priority to both keep your employees safe and to help reduce your liability in the event of an accident.
Pallet rack damage inspections are the only way to ensure your racking is structurally sound and safe for your employees to work around. As forklifts move up and down the racking aisles, loading and unloading throughout the day, they can cause damage to the various components of your pallet rack system.
From bent columns to missing safety clips, damage can be caused as your forklift loads pallets into the rack and traverses through the system. Damage to pallet rack wire decking can also be caused by the improper loading of pallets and pallet types. This can pose a severe threat to your employees, cause an accident, or even a significant event, such as a collapse of a rack.