Business owners and management are responsible for carrying out self-assessment of the safety risks in their workplaces under OH&S regulations.
One aspect that is commonly neglected in warehouses is the inspection of pallet racking. Faulty or damaged pallet racking can result in serious accidents affecting property and people.
It has been noted in several reviews of failed racking structures that existing and unreported rack damage may have contributed to rack collapses.
Why inspections are necessary
Storage racks can change over time. Damage may occur, components can be reconfigured and extensions may be made. Ensuring that storage systems are safe, fully documented and comply with current standards is an important aspect of warehouse management and necessary in the context of increasing government regulation to improve occupational health and safety.
Even the best forklift drivers have accidental collisions with racking. While worst-case scenarios involving a rack collapse are rare, impact damage weakens the racking structure, compromising its load carrying capacity and potentially putting both property and life at risk