For any industry or an organization with a racking system, it is very essential if the industrial racking system gets inspected or checked regularly. This is also recommended especially when you are operating or handling mechanical equipment. The racking system can be an excellent storage option only if they are correctly installed and when they are not damaged. In cases where there was no proper installation or damages, the racking system can become a source of danger to the employees and even the manager at large. Every business that values the health of the employees and their safety should always do a regular inspection to curb any damages or injuries that can be caused by the racking system in the future. The inspection is also essential when it comes to spot or notice poor inspections in the working place. Below are some of the racking inspection guidelines
What you should check
When doing rack inspection, make sure that the person doing the inspection is not among your employees. This will be very helpful especially when it comes to sporting significant things that could not have been noticed by the people who are used to the industrial racking. You should always consider hiring a professional rack inspector to handle the task. After the inspection is finished, you should also check by yourself just to make sure that everything is in place.
To start with, you must make sure that the level and the plumb is correctly inspected. The problem with plumb and leveling comes in due to poor installation of the racking system. If the racking system is not configured well, it can be very dangerous especially to the employees or even to yourself. As a person doing rack inspection, if you notice that the racks are crooked or the rows are out of alignment, make sure to mark the area red. The red mark or flag simply means that the racking system is not in good condition and offloading is, therefore, needed.
The second thing to look for is any signs of corrosion or rust. Rusting might seem insignificant but it is a very sensitive thing when it comes to racking system. When you discover that the racks are corroded, that might be a sign that the racks are weak. Weak metal should never be entertained in any racking system as it might be a source of accidents and injuries.
The third thing that you should always be extra keen with is the kind of loads in the racks. We should put in mind that, many racking systems in organizations fail because of overloading the racks. When inspecting overload, the person should always make sure to get it right. This is because, if not addressed on time, it can be a source of damages, injuries and a mess in the organization. As the manager, you should always make sure to check the capacity of the items to be placed in different racks. For example, if the racks are old, you must consider lighter items rather than overloading the racks. You must know the rating of your racks before you store your goods or items. The supplier of the racking system should advise on that.
Check to see if there is any bending on the racking system. Bending of the rack system can be very distractive. You might end up losing items, through damages such as breakages. It is very vital that the person inspecting the rack gets it right to avoid such catastrophic instances. To manage this, you should make sure to check the horizontal braces. This will clearly show you if there is any bending or any kind of twisting. If your racking system has the footplates, check clearly to see if they are correctly attached to the floor. If the column protectors seem to be damaged, you must take immediate action.
Check for any deflection. You should check the beams to make sure that there is no deflection. A certain amount of deflection is acceptable but there can be a worse type of deflection that can cause problems. If you offload the goods or items and the deflection does not disappear, it can be a sign that there are damages to the beam. Therefore, it should be inspected very well to make sure that everything is back to the normal way.
Make sure that the bolts or the safety pins are intact. The bolts are usually some kind of connectors that help in making the rack firm. If they are not firm, they might end up falling or causing fatalities. When inspecting, also make sure that all the connectors used are not damaged in any way. You can also check very well just to make sure that they are secure. That way, you will ensure that your workers stay safe.
There are so many things that one can check when inspecting a racking system of an organization. The checklist is too long to ensure that employees stay safe. After the inspection is done, make sure that all the things that need to be rectified are documented and action was taken afterwards. If an inspection is done and no action is taken, it might also mean that there is still no safety measures at the business. To curb any accidents, do not assume the inspection findings. Make sure that you have taken action and all the damages corrected.