"So, a standard 20-ft rack at about $150 that is damaged or depreciated can now be worth about $75," adds [Daniel Bider]. "The need to take down product from the rack, repair it or even install a new rack will include manual labor costs and even the cost of a new $150 rack Bear in mind, all these costs will be repeated every time the rack is damaged suficiently to affect safety."
Rack repair system withstands damage from lift truck accidents. By Cindy H. Dubin W arehouse environments pose a serious safety concern, particularly when forklifts are involved. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that every three days someone in the U.S. is killed PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE: Minor dents in a pallet rack can in a forklift-related accident. Making sure items are stored properly is eventually lead to a rack collapse. crucial. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falling objects are the fourth leading cause of death in the DC. Falling boxes and contain- “And, there is a lifetime warranty on the products, so hit it all you want.” ers caused nearly one-third of the deaths in warehouses. The supermarket chain chose to install Damotech’s DamoPro in Nearly all of these injuries and deaths are preventable and are a three of its warehouses, and Bider expects all of its warehouses to take direct result of the employer failing to take the necessary safety pre- advantage of the rack repair system in the near future. cautions, provide reasonable safety warnings and offer safety training. “All companies should have a higher priority in properly maintaining Pallet racking is probably the most common method of storage in their racking system,” says Bider. the warehouse. It can hold items in bulk, often loaded up with many While warehouse managers are aware of the safety issues posed by thousands of pounds of product. Some managers tend to overlook damaged racks, many companies are reactive rather than proactive, the fact that these rack systems are not designed to withstand heavy primarily because of budget constraints. Often, says Bider, companies impacts, can scratch and dent fairly easily; most of this damage is will seek a less expensive repair solution, such as welding the damaged caused by forklifts. area of the rack which can compromise the structure of the unit. Any pallet rack with a major dent should be replaced or repaired “The best analogy is comparing it to a metal spoon that you keep properly. A major dent in pallet rack creates a dangerous situation for bending back and forth. Eventually, that spoon will break in half,” says everyone in the warehouse. Minor dents and scratches in pallet rack Bider. “The Law of Physics don’t change with a rack system that keeps may not cause a serious problem right away, but minor damage does taking hits from lift trucks.” indicate that the pallet rack has been compromised in some way. Pallet The cost of constantly ill-repairing damaged rack will quickly cost rack with scratches and min
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