Pallet racking and weight limits

Pallet racking is widely used in storage and warehouse facilities to safely store inventory and maximise the space; however, there are some crucial things to be aware of if you are going to use it safely. One of the most important of these is the weight limit of the racking.

Pallet racking and weight limits

Why are weight limits important?

As with any equipment, guidelines are produced by manufacturers to ensure that it is used within its limits and safely. This is no different when it comes to the weight limits for pallet racking. There are three main types and each has its own recommended weight limit. The three types of racking frames are heavy duty, medium and standard, which can hold, 20, 15 and 9 tonnes respectively.

Load your racking beyond its capabilities and you run the risk of it collapsing, not only damaging your stock but also potentially causing injury to your employees. For more information about safety when using pallets, the Health and Safety Executive provides some useful guidance.

Pallet racking and weight limits

Choosing the right pallet racking for your business

The warehouse racking you choose for your business will be based on a number of factors and it is worth talking to a warehouse racking specialist to get it right. You will need to consider the type and weight of the products you are storing, with their size and shape also having an impact.

Space will also be a determining factor, not just the physical floor space but also the height. While warehousing racking can be installed vertically – some would think to the height of the ceiling – you will need to take into consideration any clearance that may be required for sprinkler or air conditioning systems, for example.

If you are installing racking vertically, you will also require some form of equipment to access stock stored at height safely. If you do not already have this type of equipment, you will need to factor it into your costs; furthermore, if you need to use a forklift truck, pallet wheels or ladders, you will need to make sure that you allow enough space in the aisles between racking for safe access.

Well-thought-out and planned pallet racking is a great way to maximise space and store stock in a logical fashion, but care must be taken to install the right type for your business.