Common Causes of Racking Damage

Pallet racking systems can add an element of organisation to any warehouse, thus improving your workforce efficiency. This makes them a very worthy investment, but an investment that you will want to last.

With that being said, it's in your best interest to prevent damage to your pallet racking. Not only will this keep your warehouse safe, it will also ensure you get the most of your investment.

So, what are the common causes of racking damage?

Racking Installed Incorrectly

It's important to get things right from the start and it's not different when it comes to installing your pallet racking. It is of upmost importance that your pallet racking is installed by qualified, experienced installers. Cutting corners might save you time or money in the short term, but in the big picture it will come back to bite you.


Overloading Beams

Each beam has a maximum load capacity, which should be clearly displayed for warehouse staff to see. This can be done with load bearing signs. It is important that you take the time to make sure your time understand and can read these signs. You do not want any confusion amongst your warehouse team about the maximum load capacity of beams.

Damaged From Vehicles

Your pallet racking should be installed in a manner that allows enough space for the necessary vehicles to manoeuvre around the warehouse in a safe manner. It's a great idea to invest in some column guards and end frame protectors to protect the base of your pallet racking system. Having said that, other accidents do still happen in the workplace. Pallet trucks may knock into beams or uprights when they are loading/unloading your pallet racks. Leading us to our next cause of damage.

Not Repairing Damages


In the event that your pallet racking system does get damaged, it's a good idea to replace the damaged components as quickly as possible. Again, you will want to use a reputable company to ensure no corners are being cut.

Racking repair is a service that we offer, and if you are in need, don't hesitate to get in touch today.

To summarise, only use qualified installers for your pallet racking system. Properly protect your pallet racking system. Try to avoid damages, but repair them quickly if they do occur. You may also be interested in booking a racking safety inspection annually to identify potential damages.