3 Tips To Reduce Forklift-Related Pallet Racking Damage

For your warehouse, you have probably invested in durable industrial pallet racks. However, even if your pallet racks are designed for heavy-duty use, they can be damaged if your employees bump into them with your forklifts. Even though accidents are sometimes unavoidable, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the number of accidents that occur and damage your pallet racks. These are a few things that you can do to help reduce these accidents, which can make the workplace safer and can also help reduce the amount of damage that happens to your pallet racks and to the materials that are stored on them.

1. Widen Your Aisles

First of all, you may want to assess the width of your aisles. If they're too close together, it can be tough for your forklift operators to maneuver through them without bumping into anything. Consider moving things around so that there is a little more leeway for forklift operators who are driving through and putting pallets on the racks and taking them off.

2. Add More Lighting

If your forklift operators are not able to see well when they are loading and unloading pallets from your racks or driving in-between pallet racks, it can be easier for them to have an accident. It's smart and relatively affordable to install additional lighting in the warehouse so that your forklift operators can see better, and it can also be worthwhile to install headlights on your forklifts, too. Plus, along with helping to prevent pallet racking damage and forklift-related accidents, adding ample lighting can make working from the ground easier and safer, too.

3. Install Guardrails

Consider installing guardrails around the pallet racks, if you have not already. These can be a bit expensive in the beginning, but they can save a lot of money in the long run because they can reduce the amount of damage that is done to your pallet racking in the event that a forklift does crash into your pallet racking. In addition, these guardrails can help prevent items from toppling off of the pallet racking in the event of a crash, which can help prevent both injuries and material loss.

As you can see, there are a few things that you can do to help reduce forklift-related pallet racking damage. If you follow these three tips, you can help avoid the costs of this type of damage. To find out more, speak with someone like Certified Handling Systems.