PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 – 5 & 6) requires that all Pallet Racking is to be independently inspected by qualified persons at least once a year, and it might be tempting to see this as one of those nitpicking health and safety rules that are little more than a box-ticking exercise. However, there are good reasons why racks need to be inspected.
The first is that many insurance companies are now insisting on it. Without proof of inspection, any insurance claim associated with racking will likely be declined.
Also, in a busy warehouse, periodic damage can occur as a result of forklift trucks coming into contact with racking, or by regular overloading. The damage may be small initially, but could cause serious failure of the racking in the future if not addressed. An inspection can alert you to any damage and the need for repairs. Most minor repairs will be inexpensive compared to replacing racking, so in the long term, an inspection can save you money.
Lastly, damaged or inefficient racking systems will hamper the smooth working of your warehouse. Not only could this damage your stock or endanger your workers, but it will also reduce productivity.
An inspector will examine your racking while it is loaded with pallets, classifying any damage found as red, amber or green. Green damage is minor and the racking is still suitable for use. Amber means that the racks can still be used, but as soon as the pallets are offloaded, they should not be used again until repairs are carried out. Red damaged racking is not fit for use and means