How to Avoid Five Common Pallet Racking Mistakes

Businesses needing pallet racking require efficient systems to ensure their products, buildings and workers are safe and also that their products can be stored and accessed easily and efficiently.

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Simple rules such as storing heavier items on the lower shelves and making sure shelving is the right size and strong enough for the weight will prevent any damage.


Always make sure your racks are correctly fitted and aligned and that you have checked the manufacturer’s instructions. Double-check all connections are secure and level, and introduce a regular checking system amongst your workers.


Include inspecting the flooring as part of your routine checks, as the regular movement of heavy loads can cause the bottom of the racks to loosen. Ensure a member of staff is responsible for any necessary re-tightening or replacing of bolts or screws and knows how to order spare parts and accessories.

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Depending on the size of the racks and the quantity of pallets that are being stored, there is always a risk that there will be an overhang. Always check with the manufacturer’s handbook about what is considered an acceptable overhang and ensure staff are aware of the rules and procedures and how to report any problems.


Make sure the racking you purchase is right for your needs. If you are dealing with food supplies that have a sell-by date, for example, you will need a system that allows for a first-in, first-out system.

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