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Pallet Racking Inspections


Legislation dictates that your pallet racking and shelving has regular safety inspections. These inspections help to fulfill your obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998.

Apex Storage Ltd. can help you with this and all aspects of warehouse and racking safety. We provide a professional pallet racking inspection service from one of our SARI's (SEMA Approved Rack Inspectors) in addition we provide very competitive rates for racking repairs.


Health and Safety Law - Pallet Racking 

Inspect pallet racking regularly to ensure it is properly maintained and repaired and is safe to use. You should use three types of inspection:


  • Immediate reporting of damage & defects;
  • Visual inspections at regular intervals; and
  • 'Expert' inspections carried out at intervals by a competent person.


Three Types of Pallet Racking Inspection

To ensure that a racking installation continues to be serviceable and safe, the storage equipment should be inspected on regular basis. The frequency of inspections depends on a variety of factors that are particular to the site concerned and should be determined by a nominated 'person responsible for rack safety' (PRRS) to suit the operating conditions of the warehouse. This will take into account the warehouse, the equipment used and personnel involved, all of which could damage the structure. The inspection follows a hierarchical approach using several levels of inspection.


  1. Immediate Reporting - As soon as a safety problem or damage is observed by any employee, it should immediately be reported to the PRRS. You should have systems in place for reporting damage and defects. Employees should receive training, information and instruction on the safe operation of the racking system, including the parts affecting their safety and safety of others.
  2. Visual Inspections - The PRRS should ensure that inspections are made at weekly or other regular intervals based on risk assessment. A formal written record should be maintained.
  3. 'Expert' Inspections - A technical competent person should carry out inspections at intervals of not more than 12 months. A written report should be submitted to the PRRS with observations and proposals for any action necessary. A technically competent person might be a trained specialist within an organisation, a specialist from the rack supplier, or an independent qualified rack inspector.


For more information please from the Health & Safety Executive; 'Warehousing and Storage: Keep it safe; INDG412 - HSEand Warehousing and storage: A guide to health and safety - HSG76 - HSE

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Racking Inspection Training

Apex Storage Ltd. provides on site racking inspection training from some of the longest serving and technically competent trainers in the industry. We are able to provide this service at very competative rates from as little as £90.00 per delegate. Please ring for more information.

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Racking Collapse


Why Inspect Pallet Racking?



What happens if damaged racking is not unloaded? Click on the picture to find out.
The latest Health and Safety guide HSG76 states: Inspect racking regularly to make sure it is properlymaintained and repaired and is safe to use. 

You need a rack safety inspection to identify damaged components. Damaged or missing components significantly increase the risk of racking collapse.

You need a rack safety inspection to provide evidence to outside bodies that you take the safety of your personnel seriously and take the appropriate action to provide a safe working environment including replacing damaged racking components.

You need a rack safety inspection to ensure your racking remains serviceable and fit for the purpose to facilitate the continued and effective operation of your business.

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