Recently we shared an ask the expert column on Racking courtesy of Johnston Equipment, a MSA COR certified member. As a follow up we have three more items we wanted to share with you:
Are pallets allowed to overhang the racking beams?
Yes, overhang is actually far better/safer than no overhang. Pallet racking depth is a very important part of all pallet-racking systems. You want to choose a depth that allows for 3” of overhang on both the front and the back of your pallet on the pallet racking. A common pallet size is 40”w x 48”d, which would require a pallet racking depth of 42”.
Do I require safety bars or wire mesh deck for my pallet racking?
CSA Code requires that all pallet racking have either safety bars or wire mesh decks installed. This is to help reduce the risk of a pallet being set down improperly on the racking by adding support channels to take on some of the weight of the load.
Is my pallet racking still safe if I have hit it with a forklift?
Anytime you are unsure of the integrity of your pallet racking, it is best to call in an expert to have a look. In some cases, the damage is minimal enough that it will not affect the integrity or a small component may just need to be changed out. It is important to remember that even small dings and dents can have a massive impact on the strength of the racking.
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