Why Should You Organise A Racking Inspection?

Pallet Racking Collapse

The warehouse is an important part of any business be it small or large. Within the warehouse, it is the direct line of your goods to your customer. A warehouse racking inspection is conducted to give businesses peace of mind that your warehouse complies with the Australian Standard AS4084-2012 and it is safe for your employees. There are five key reasons for engaging in an annual racking safety inspection.

  1. Inventory Protection
    Inspections are an important way to protect the goods that your company stocks. Any damage to the warehouse racking system is not only dangerous to your employees but also can cause damage and loss of inventory. A regularly inspected warehouse that is well maintained is an important part of a business. Any damaged or lost stock has a direct effect on your bottom line, so it’s in your companies best interest to protect your inventory from damage.
  2. Reduce Risk
    A small hit of your pallet racking with a forklift may only seem a harmless and an unnecessary expense to the business to replace. In reality, it’s very different. Any damage to pallet racking damage compromises the safety of your warehouse and can lead to even further damages, loss, personal injury or in some cases death. These catastrophes can be avoided by applying the preventative measure of a racking inspection.
    When a racking inspection is conducted all the unsafe and damaged racking is noted and included in a report. The auditor will ensure that your racking complies with the Australian Standard AS4084-2012. Unsafe or damaged racking has potential to cause injury to your staff or even damage stock. Reduce the risk of incurring preventable expenses and dangers to staff by complying with the corrective suggested within the compliance report.
  3. Staff Protection
    The most significant concern within any business should be employee safety, this also relates to the installation, maintenance and the use of the racking within your warehouse. All racking whether it be second hand or new is susceptible to damage through various ways including stress and or impact through machinery such as a forklift. Often a damage to racking gets underestimated in terms of the warehouse safety and how it has impacted on the stability and the structure of the racking. Racking can sustain its loads after it has been impacted, although this does not guarantee that it is still safe to use. A qualified inspector will review the damage and give recommendations on whether replacement parts are required.
  4. Cost control
    A regular annual audit as recommended by the Australian Standards provides an opportunity to recognise any issues within your warehouse before they become out of control. Warehouse racking systems can be complicated and any damage to one part can create an extra and unnecessary strain on the other parts of the racking system. An annual inspection provides the opportunity to prevent any major expenses to your company.
  5. Racking Changes
    Were you aware that any changes that you make to your racking system can adversely affect the rack capacity? If you have adapted your warehouse racking in any way this can impact on the load ratings within the structure. The inspector ensures that the changes or additions to your racking structure are safe and compliant with the Standards.

Warehouse racking inspections aren’t just beneficial for your business they are essential. The inspector will check your racking structure in view of the protection of your employees and products. When proactively engaging in the Standards recommendation of an annual inspection it provides security against preventable warehouse failures. Book your racking audit today!