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Why you should undertake a racking inspection

Strong, sturdy and safe, our boltless racking systems are built from high-quality, rigorously tested materials to ensure a long-lasting ‘shelf life’ in every sense. Indeed, as long as maximum load weights are adhered to, our shelving systems will serve their purpose for years on end.

As those years go by however, and your racking units become quite literally ‘part of the furniture’, it’s sensible to undertake regular visual inspections to make sure they’re not becoming dangerously overloaded or unbalanced – especially if your shelving is installed in the workplace where Health & Safety regulations come into play. The following points provide some advice on the regular checks that should be carried out and how you should go about them.

Exceeding max load weight
All our industrial shelving systems come with a clearly indicated maximum load weight for each shelf (our Rax heavy-duty shelves, for instance, can carry up to 500Kg). That figure will be at the forefront of your mind when you stock the shelves neatly for the first time – but as you add more items month-on-month, it’s easy to forget, making it essential that this is checked on a regular basis. Keeping an inventory of the heavier items on your shelves can be a great way to keep track of the total weight being distributed across your shelving at any given time, allowing you to ensure that the maximum weight is never exceeded.


Uniform distribution
While most people tend to store heavy, bulky items at the bottom of their shelves, it’s not unusual for some to keep them tucked away at the top instead – preferring to leave easier access to smaller, every day items on the lower levels. However, this approach can threaten to skew the shelving unit’s centre of gravity, potentially causing instability. You should therefore make regular checks to make sure your shelves aren’t becoming too top heavy, redressing the balance if necessary by moving some of the larger items to lower shelves.The aim is to achieve a Uniformly Distributed Load (UDL), so the same principle applies if, for example, the left side of your shelving unit is carrying considerably more weight than the right. Balance things up, and your shelves will thank you for it with years of extra service.


Check the joints
Using no bolts or screws, our shelving systems are less susceptible to rusty joints working loose. However, you should still check the construction of your unit on a regular basis to make sure that the fixing lugs are secure. In the unlikely event that any fixings have been bumped loose over time, a short, sharp tap with a rubber mallet should soon knock them back into place. Remember, it’s also wise to communicate best-practice with any staff who use the shelves, so they’ll be able to spot potential issues in-between inspections too.

Carrying out regular inspections on your shelving is key to ensuring that your units can provide a strong and, importantly, safe storage solution for many years to come. If you require any further advice on the use of your shelving or would like to speak to a member of our team about finding the right shelving for you, please call 0845 194 7370 or email