RMI requires regular rack repair inspections to adhere to warehouse safety standards. To conduct one of these rack inspections, we thoroughly examine your pallet rack system and make sure the following applies to your racking.

Things we look for in a rack inspection:

  • Proper anchoring on the solid base plate.
  • Beams that are square to columns with no observable impact damage or beam deflection.
  • Horizontal and diagonal bracing — there should never be crimping or damage to the braces.
  • Intact welds.
  • Damage-free upright columns. Columns should be plumb and straight with no creases in the steel.
  • Intact beam connections.
Pallet Rack Inspection depiction

Example: Strategic Warehousing

As warehouse rack professionals, we’ve seen plenty of pallet rack configurations and know the difference between sturdy and unsafe racking. In this real-life example one of our pallet rack experts noted serious damage to a client’s racking and saved them from major legal/permitting trouble in the future:

“My customer requested a thorough damage inspection of their pallet racking components in August of 2019. I created a spreadsheet using RMI’s Rack Inspection Guideline Factors to be examined and noted serious damage with recommendations.

  • Anchoring/Base Plate

  • Frame Column
  • Horizontal Bracing

  • Diagonal Bracing

  • Weld Examination

  • Recommendation to Replace Upright

To remedy the damaged racking, we determined to replace 48 uprights and install one-hundred-thirty-one 12” column protectors.”

Rack inspections prevent further damage by catching issues before they’re too serious. In this example, the damaged product was easily replaced and column protectors installed to prevent damage from reoccurring in the future.

If your warehouse is due for a rack inspection, contact our design experts at (866) 460-4452.

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