Warehouse Pallet Rack Systems are engineered, high performance structures that are designed to support product loads many times their weight. Each pallet rack component is designed, manufactured, and tested against rigorous quality controls. These standards ensure that the rack system will safely perform with designed load applications corresponding to specific configurations.
Although the Rack Manufacturer’s Institute (RMI) design specifications include safety factors, these calculations do not consider additional requirements that are imposed as a result of post-manufacture damage. Therefore, it is critical that pallet racks be routinely inspected and maintained correctly so they can continue to perform as originally designed.
Component damage reduces the pallet rack’s carrying capacity and may ultimately lead to a catastrophic pallet rack collapse. The total cost of a rack collapse is staggering and typically far exceeds the value of the entire rack structure and stored product. Even worse, a collapse often times leads to:
- Serious injury or death
- Higher insurance premiums, fines and legal expenses
- Product, equipment and business loss
- Expensive cleanup and replacement costs
- Rack Repair FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are not sure whether you have a potential problem please call the local rack repair specialists at Specialized Storage Solutions, 973-227-0018, and speak to Christine or David.
No, you just need to move the pallets on the to the floor nearest to the damage so our technicians can access the entire upright. A hydraulic lifting jack is fastened to the upright, which safely lifts the column 1/8” to allow the technicians to cut out the damaged portion, replace it with the new section, and then re-anchor it to make the rack more sturdy.
Our rack repair products have a lifetime warranty against abuse and any repair will make your rack stronger than the manufacturer’s standard products.
Typically you will not need a permit to perform rack repair or replacement because you are just repairing an existing product and making it better. If, however, you did not obtain a permit to do the initial work, you risk receiving a fine from a local building or fire inspector if they spot a violation.
Typically we will work in specific areas or rows that you should avoid having personnel walk or ride in just as a safety precaution. You should immediately unload the rack surrounding the damaged components and cordon off the area to prevent access. Prior to the repair date, our project manager will review the job with you to schedule an installation sequence so you know which areas to avoid during the repair.
Call the OSHA trained specialists and risk mitigators at Specialized Storage Solutions at 973-227-0018 to get a visual inspection of the suspected rack damage. You should immediately unload the rack surrounding the damaged components and cordon off the area to prevent access.
Warehouse racks should be visually inspected at least every 6 months to determine if there is a potential for a collapse. RMI/ANSI MH 16.1 specifications for new construction details a standard process for repairs. Don’t risk losing valuable inventory or worse yet, a potential insurance risk.
A visual inspection with a tape measure will reveal whether the rack needs repairing or replacing. If any part of the rack is out of alignment more than ½” the capacity of the rack is downgraded significantly.
Anchors are meant to provide down-aisle and cross-aisle stability and to prevent movement of the rack when impacted by lift equipment. Any anchor that is sheared off or loose results in undue stress on beam connections, which could potentially result in a safety violation or rack collapse. Our rack repair kits have two anchor holes that will clear any existing anchors to avoid improperinstallation.
If any part of the rack is out of alignment more than ½” the capacity of the rack is downgraded significantly. The diagonal bracing is meant to reduce compression from loads and the horizontal bracing prevents twisting of the column when hit by a lift truck. If any of these are torn, kinked, or sheared more than ½” you’re in need of a repair.
Our representative will examine everything including rack plumbness, diagonal and horizontal bracing, baseplates, anchoring methods, floor conditions, and beam safety connections. He will then prepare a report and proposal detailing the cost associated with repairing it to meet RMI and OSHA standards.
A trained representative from Specialized Storage Solutions can do a visual inspection and make recommendations based on Rack Manufacturer’s Institute standards. He will prepare a proposal indicating the cost to repair or replace it and you can determine if it is a good solution to solve the problem. Racks should be inspected a minimum of every 6 months to make sure you’re not in violation of RMI or OSHA standards.
Our rack repair kits will fit any brand of rack as long as it is properly measured and specified by a trained representative from Specialized Storage Solutions. The repair will make your rack stronger than the manufacturer’s standard products.