When to Use Pallet Rack Safety Backing
Pallet rack back guard protects against more than just personal injury. It can also prevent lost inventory, pallet rack damage, and forklift damage. It is an added layer of overall pallet rack safety in your warehouse. Here are some of the primary instances that require pallet rack backing panels:
High Storage Levels
Use pallet rack safety backing for overhead storage levels. Any possibility of products falling from overhead is a risk that should be minimized in the warehouse.
Open-Backed Pallet Rack Systems
Back-to-back pallet rack systems typically do not require safety backing. However, stand-alone rows of pallet racking with open backs not against a wall are one of the primary culprits of falling objects. Forklifts can easily push pallets, boxes, or other products too far and off the back of the shelf level.
Pedestrian Walkway Below
Designated pedestrian walkways should be free of hazards, especially falling objects and trip hazards. If there are potential risks, warehouses must mark the area with caution signs, or a safety solution like pallet rack netting must be present.
Odd-Shaped Products (Rolling Products)
Some products (round or cylindrical products, for example) are more prone to tipping and rolling off shelves. When storing canisters or odd-shaped items, use pallet rack backing or a wire partition solution.
Difficult Forklift Angle
High bay racking is nearly impossible to see when loading and unloading. Even the most skilled forklift drivers are at risk of bumping or knocking off products due to a lack of visibility. In this instance, pallet rack netting prevents forklift, driver, product harm, and more.