Safety should be a priority in warehouses and storage facilities. There are many factors to consider regarding safety, one which are the industrial shelving units. There are numerous reports of shelving units collapsing and causing accidents in workplaces. To keep this from happening in your facility, keep the following safety tips in mind.
Secure Your Shelves
Industrial shelves are meant to hold a variety of items with varying sizes and weights. In any case, the individual or accumulated weight of these items can have an effect on the shelves’ stability. Sometimes, these can cause the shelves to sway or even topple over. To prevent this from happening, secure your industrial shelving units using wall mounting brackets. There are also floor mounting brackets available, though you should consult with your shelf manufacturer to determine if this type of mounting bracket is appropriate for your shelf’s design.
Employ Systematic Item Placement
Industrial facilities should have a system for placing items in their industrial shelving units. Otherwise, the shelving units will be prone to damages that can compromise its structural integrity. That in turn may cause the shelving units to collapse and become a safety hazard. Employing a system for item placement also ensures that the weight of the items are distributed evenly throughout the shelves.
Don’t Overburden the Shelves
Many people want to maximise the space on their industrial shelving units. And so they end up putting more items on it that what it’s initially made for. Yes, shelves do have a limit as to how much weight they can carry, and it is always wise to stay within these limits to prevent the shelving unit from collapsing and hurting people and ruining the items placed in them.
Regularly Inspect and Maintain the Shelves
High quality Industrial shelving units are supposed to last for a very long time. However, this is only possible if you regularly inspect them for damage and make the necessary repairs. Not only will this help to prolong the shelf’s service life, but it will also ensure that every damage or wear and tear that can weaken the shelf’s structural integrity is corrected promptly, thus making it safer.
Industrial shelving units are necessary for many warehouses, manufacturing and industrial facilities. In order to keep them from wreaking havoc to your business, certain safety precautions must be observed. If you need help with your shelving units, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts here at Premier Engineering and Storage Solutions. We also offer laser cutting service and a host of other services.