Stallard Kane supports the HSE’s new Metalwork Inspections
What racking should be inspected?
Pallet racking is the most frequently used racking, and in instances where this is loaded by the use of forklift, the likelihood of damage is increased. Where structures are improperly loaded, or incorrectly fixed there is increased change of collapse. In addition mezzanine floor structures should be subject to regular inspection to ensure that access and egress is properly maintained, and that the structure itself is in good condition and hasn’t been overloaded by subsequent use.
Wherever storage systems have been installed, regardless of the type, if there is a risk that employees, visitors or contractors could come into contact or interact with the structure or the products stored on it, employers and business owners should ensure that the system is safe and fit for purpose.
How often should racking be inspected?
Independent inspections of racking and shelving should be inspected by a competent and trained individual annually, and must not exceed 12 months. If a business has significant changes to its racking and shelving, it is advised that an inspection is carried out as soon as possible to ensure compliance.
A business should also carry out weekly inspections in-house.