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3 Essential Pallet and Racking Safety Tips for Your Facility

3 Essential Pallet and Racking Safety Tips for Your Facility

Matt Nieszczur
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If you’ve ever seen one of those videos where someone hits a rack with a lift truck and it causes a domino effect of damage, you won’t soon forget it. And if you’re unfortunate enough to have witnessed it or caused it in real life, you’ll definitely never forget it! Not only can it result in a large amount of time, production, and money loss, but it can also result in the loss of you or your co-workers' lives. Much like most accidents, it can be avoided. Here are three pallet and racking safety tips to help.

Top 3 Pallet and Racking Safety Tips

  1. Training: Training can occur in several ways, but for our tips today, we’ll stick with just two: rack and lift truck training. We could go into detail about do’s and don’ts of lift truck operation (and have in a previous episode), but we’ll keep it simple: Know and follow all the rules and regulations related to operating a lift truck before ever entering the racks in your facility. As the racks are concerned, be sure to know the following:

  • What a secure/non-damaged racking system and the pallets within them are supposed to look like.

  • How pallets are supposed to be arranged/stacked on the racks (including what sort of items go where and what weights need to be observed).

  • How inventory procedures work.

  • Where items of concern are located, such as sprinkler heads, cameras, and lighting (to avoid hitting them with your lift truck or a load).

  1. Pallet and Racking Inspection:  With pallets, your inspection is pretty easy. Just make sure they’re not damaged, and can safely and properly handle the load you’re putting on them. Racks aren’t quite as simple. When inspecting racks, you want to make sure danger areas, such as corners, are free of damage. Next, you need to look over all areas and assure nothing looks out of place. With both pallets and racks, if you do find something, make sure you alert all applicable parties.

  2. Safety Equipment: Chances are this is something you’re supposed to be doing anyway, but yet another reminder can’t hurt. Anytime you’re loading or unloading pallets, or operating equipment to move them, be sure you’re protecting everything that has the potential of being affected by what you’re doing. This means wearing the usual suspects, like steel toed boots, gloves, goggles, masks, and back support; just to name a few. When dealing with the potential height of racks, be sure you’re also implementing harnesses and other equipment to protect you from falls. 


If you take your time, pay attention, and follow the three tips provided on today’s episode, you’ll be well on your way to staying safe. And staying safe is what we’re here to help you do!

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