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Storage Maintenance

A Health Check on Your Storage System


It's a common misconception that once your storage system is in place there is nothing else that needs to be done to maintain it, but this simply isn't the case. All systems will require maintenance checks, regardless of whether you have purchased new racking or used racking. Unfortunately the topic of storage maintenance generally goes unmentioned until there is a problem, or even worse, an accident.

The purpose of a storage maintenance check is to keep employees, customers and stock safe. Over the years, we have seen so many instances of racking not being maintained correctly, with terrible results such as warehouses full of stock being ruined, and worst of all, people being injured. Workplace safety can literally make or break a business, so get it right the first time!

The cliché 'prevention is better than cure' has never been more true!

Although we do not conduct storage maintenance checks, we can certainly refer you to an organisation that does. In the meantime, below is some information on how some businesses conduct the checks. Obviously each company has their own checklists, but this will give you an outline.
 
The first thing checked is the pallet racking uprights and cross beams. Here we check for any damage to the structural bracing on the end frames (or uprights). Any deflection in the posts can cause the whole upright supported pallet rack to collapse, and once one bay starts to weaken, it causes a domino effect because all bays are tied by the cross beams and the dyna bolting of the upright posts to the concrete floor.

If an issue is noted, it is likely a  recommendation would be made to immediately quarantine the upright and for all the stock in that bay to be taken out, with quarantine tape placed around the damaged bay.

A point for warehouse managers to be aware of - it is interesting to note that more often than not, it is the end bay of a pallet racking run that will require quarantining. This is due to forklifts turning at aisle ends, contacting the uprights and not reporting to superiors. This can be avoided by training your warehouse team the right way, and conducting random checks yourself.

This process is then completed on each storage system in the warehouse - longspan shelving, mezzanine floor/raised storage areas, cantilever rack, drive in racking, push back racking, pallet flow racking etc. Any item of storage equipment not meeting safe work load standards must be identified, quarantined and replaced as soon as possible.

Hopefully after the checks are complete, your will receive a clean bill of health!

However if this is not the case, we can assist with the outstanding items. We will prepare a quote for any repairs that need to be carried out and organise our crew to complete the repairs.

From this point on we will recommend a safety inspection every 12 months to satisfy you as the client and us as a company that all is in accordance with safety standards.

Remember – safety in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility, so don’t wait until it’s too late.