Use only qualified forklift truck drivers and ensure that they work within their capabilities.
Ensure layout of racking system has adequate aisle widths and that the aisles are free from obstruction.
Check storage equipment regularly for any damages and for safety.
Bracing should be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions at all specified positions and shall not be removed or repositioned.
Ensure safe usage of material handling equipment by applying risk analysis techniques.
Ensure base plates are in contact with the entire floor area of the building or any prepared plinth.
Base plates should be packed up with suitable steel shimming or grouting under the entire planned area of the base plate. Specialists shall carry out the grouting.
Steel shims should be permanently installed under the base plates or, if preferred, sufficiently strong and shrink-proof mortar can be injected under the base plates.
Repairs should be carried out in a timely and effective manner.
Implement a regime of careful, regular monitoring and maintenance.
Identify and rectify any damage promptly.
Beams or connectors showing any signs of cracking should be unloaded and expert advice sought from the equipment supplier.
Damaged components should be replaced rather than repaired. Repairs to damaged components are allowed only when approved by the equipment supplier.
Load racks only within the specified capacity limit.
Beams will deflect under normal circumstances and loading conditions to a maximum limit of span/200. This deflection is elastic and should disappear when unloaded.
Any missing or damaged locking devices should be replaced immediately to prevent accidental dislodging of beams.
A supply of beam locking devices shall be held in stock on site.
Keep the indoor warehouse environment dry and well ventilated.
Ensure the out of verticality under load for all shelving and forklift truck rack installations, does not exceed 1/200. If exceeded, the supplier should be called on site for an inspection and design check.
The building floor shall have a degree of strength, stiffness, surface levelness and flatness suitable for operational purposes.
Safe load carrying capacities can change if storage equipment is relocated or if there is an increase in floor deformation. Consult an expert to determine a safe design of storage equipment suitable for the load carrying capacity of the floor.