Keep Your Pallet Rack in Good Repair

By Michael Patino on 2010-09-07 00:58:08 -

Pallet rack is designed to hold a great capacity of load. Engineers base their calculations on rack that is in good condition. Damage from forlifts and pallet loads can render the steel incapable of holding the designed load.? Many times, as aI perform a safety inspection in a warehouse I will see uprights with the front column no longer touching the ground. Or I will witness a double high pallet stacked into the side of the pallet rack upright.? These instances can be prevented.?I recommend the use of heavy duty barrier rail. It protects from forklift drivers and their loads.

Barrier Rail Protects RackBarrier Rail w offset footplates

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The above illustration demonstrates Ladder Industries' Barrier Rail being used to prevent the unsafe storage of pallets and staged loads against the pallet rack uprights.? End of aisle barrier serves little purpose if it is too close to the ground.? Do not confuse Barrier Rail with narrow Aisle guide rail.? They have very different purposes.

For a barrier rail to be usefull, it must be high enough to stop the load or vehicle that can cause the damage.? Common safety practices maintain that a forlkift should not travel with forks higher than twelve inches off the ground. If that is the case, a six inch angle iron? rail, anchored to the ground will not stop a forlift or its load from impacting the pallet rack.

Ladder Industries?Barriers are formed with 1/4" x 4" square tube posts and 10 ga. formed steel rails. They are designed to absord an impact of a 10,000 lb. load, travelling at 4 mph.? Baseplates are 10 x 10 and can be offset or centered depending on the application.? 42"H? double rail confirgurations are also available .

The 18" profile is high enough to prevent the pallet or forklift from hitting the rack structure. Should the barriers be hit by a forklift, the barriers will absorb the damage and protect the life of your rack investment.? The lift? out design allows for easy removal for servicing, cleaning and repairs.

Let Indoff assist you in finding?the appropriate barrier or bollard to keep your rack structurally sound.

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