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Pallet Racking Safety.

Aug 27, 2013

There are several standards that relate to pallet racking and storage systems:

AS4068 – 1993 Flat Pallets for Material Handling
AS4084 – 1993 Steel Storage Racking
AS4084 (Supplement) – 1993 Steel Storage Racking – commentary
AS4762 – 2000 General Purpose Flat Pallets: Principal Dimensions and Tolerances

These standards stress the importance of ensuring that pallet racking installations continue to be both serviceable and safe.


Principal safety hazards that require attention are:

  • Physical damage to pallet racking
  • Misalignment of racking
  • Loose floor fittings
  • Weight of stored goods versus design capacity of the system
  • Suitability of forklift truck

With Occupational Health and Safety regulations continually applying more responsibility upon business owners and management to carry out self-assessment of the safety risks in their business, one common area of neglect is inspection of pallet racking.

Steel storage is a valuable asset in regard to its ability to successfully store even more valuable assets; its failure can have severe financial implications not only for damage to stored product, but also in the event of personal injury resulting from its failure, possibly leading to an action against the company by the injured party and/or OH&S.

An extract from Australian Standard (AS4084 – 1993 Australian Standard – Steel Storage Racking is as follows:

“9.2 Inspections Inspections shall be carried out on a regular basis and at least every twelve months.”

As they say, prevention is always better than the cure, so we recommend rack safety audits should be a critical component of your risk management procedures, and if such inspections are not currently in place, contact should be made with the suppliers / distributors of your systems to implement at least an annual audit.

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