Racking Safety and Safety Audits

At the 30 second mark, this forklift driver finds out just how dangerous pallet racking can be.

Warehouses are busy places where heavy items and heavy machinery interact on a daily basis, and accidents do happen. Pallet racking is used to hold up many tons of goods, and an impact or a failed component can lead to collapses, which often cascade through whole warehouses.

To ensure the safety of your staff and to ensure that your operations continue to run smoothly, it is vital that your racking is professionally checked for safety and integrity on a regular basis.

What should I do if my racking is already damaged?

If an accident or incident has occurred which leads you to suspect that your pallet racking may be damaged, you will need to follow the procedures laid out in the AS 4084-2012 standard. This may include clearing the surrounding area and unloading the rack (if it is safe to do so) and bringing in a qualified inspector to determine if repairs or replacement components are required.

If you are unsure how to proceed in the event of damaged pallet racking, contact us and we will be happy to guide you through the steps necessary to ensure that your workplace remains safe and standards compliant.

My racking is not damaged, but I want to ensure that it is safe and standards compliant.

Warehouse racking safety inspections are now mandatory under Australian Standards 4084-2012.
According to the new standards:

Inspections shall be carried out on a regular basis and at least once every twelve months“.

Australian Standards 4084-2012

All Ausrecord pallet racking fully complies with the latest Australian racking safety code AS 4084-2012. However, inspections should be carried out at least every 12 months to ensure that your steel pallet racking remains OH&S compliant. Businesses have an obligation to have their racking inspected if they believe that an impact or other event has compromised the structure. Regular inspections ensure that the safe load limit is accurate, reducing the change of potential collapse or injury.

You should have your racking inspected if any of the following are true:

  • Your racking has not been inspected for 12 months
  • Safe working load signs are not clearly displayed
  • Your racking does not have suitable protection (such as column guards, corner guards, end barriers or deflectors)
  • You have altered your racking or changed its structure
  • You are less than 100% certain that your racking is safe for your employees

Regular racking safety audits and inspections ensure that your warehouse racking poses the lowest possible risk to your staff. Having a professional repair or replace worn or damaged components reduces the risk of rack failures and therefore reduces the potential risk of a racking failure or collapse, which can cause serious injuries or death.

Still not convinced? At Ausrecord we view racking inspections as a comprehensive process that goes beyond safety and compliance with Australian Standards. We can also help you to identify potential cost savings and methods to improve the efficiency and productivity of your storage and stock operations.

Don’t wait. Contact us today to arrange a professional, independent assessment on the safety of your racking system from our safety and efficiency specialists.