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Inspection & Maintenance - Racking

No matter how carefully you use your storage scheme, damage will occur from time to time, which can result in serious consequences, including injury to staff, if left undetected. We have a skilled team of safety engineers, who are on hand to provide SEMA approved pallet racking inspections, to determine the safety and structural integrity of your pallet racking systems and warehouse safety

As pallet racking suppliers with SEMA Approved Racking Inspectors (SARI), we are perfectly positioned to report on the status of your installation, regardless of the original supplier and ensure SEMA codes of practice. Our experts are one of only a few people in the whole of the UK that can do this!

We provide you with a comprehensive report, detailing any damage and will grade your racking using a simple red, amber and green system to signify severity. We will also offer a quotation for repairing any outstanding damage and outline ways to avoid similar issues occurring in the future, including introducing you to our range of Accessories and Protection work equipment, such as barriers, upright protectors, rails, signage and floor markings. This will ensure that safe workplace conditions are met.

Are inspections a legal requirement for companies?

A warehouse owner is obligated to ensure the health and safety of it's employees, so a guide by HSE, the British government's health and safety department, provides extremely important recommendations and discusses legal responsibilities. It is important that the owner defines their responsibilities, however, they do not need to follow every single word of the document precisely, in order to be on the right side of the law. For clarity, the following statement is made at the beginning of the document;

"This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidance is not compulsory and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance as illustrating good practice.”

It is not illegal to have an inspection, but in not having an annual racking inspection, employers and warehouse owners go against HSE’s advice. This means that if an accident related to racking were to happen, they would be both legally and morally responsible. In not having a SEMA approved racking inspection, a person could argue that the warehouse owner did not ensure their safety “so far as is reasonably practicable”.

SEMA Bulletin – Types of Inspection

Bulletin issued by SEMA; Our inspection service ticks all of the boxes in the full survey – SARI Report & MTO List. We will provide a material list of components identified for corrective action/replacement in our pallet racking inspection checklist, regardless of manufacturer. In most cases, we can then provide a no obligation proposal, to provide the components needed. To view the full bulletin please Click Here.

Racking Safety Training Courses

SEMA guidelines suggest you should have at least one inspection from an expert every 12 months, but you should also run regular inspection checks on a weekly or monthly basis by your own company. Our racking safety training courses help your staff understand everything they need to know about operational best practices, how to recognise damage early on to save time and money, and how best to correctly report problems.

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