Chicago Pallet Rack Shelving

April 02, 2016

Deadly Pallet Rack Shelving Collapse Provides Lessons for All Warehouse Workers

There was a tragic story in the news recently involving a pallet rack shelving collapse in Manassas, VA recently. The accident took the life of one worker and seriously injured six others in an incident at the end of March. While investigators are still determining the cause of the rack, one eyewitness said that “the support system for the beams started crushing, it started buckling and a domino effect all the way down the aisle” occurred. This situation is every warehouse’s worst nightmare and a good reminder to practice pallet rack shelving safety.

Your pallet racks may seem like sturdy, indestructible things when you first have them installed. However, they can be damaged or used incorrectly and have their structural integrity damaged, putting you and your workers at risk of injury or even death. A pallet rack shelving collapse is no joke. Here are some things you can do to ensure your pallet racks are as safe as possible:

  • Have it installed by a professional. Choose a company who is experienced in the installation and maintenance of pallet rack systems so you can be sure that they’ve been installed correctly.
  • Have your pallet racks inspected regularly. Along with annual safety inspections, make it a habit to perform weekly or even bi-weekly inspections of your pallet racks to identify potential issues.
  • Report damaged pallet racks immediately. Urge workers to report damage they see done to the pallet racks as soon as possible. Accidents with forklifts are a major cause of pallet rack collapse and should be reported right away.
  • Get repairs done immediately. Don’t delay having repairs done to your pallet rack shelving. It might seem like something that can wait or you might be concerned about taking the money out of your budget, but a pallet rack collapse will be much, much costlier.
  • Have repairs done by a pro. Unless you actually know what you are doing when it comes to pallet rack shelving repairs, it’s better to hire a professional who can do it for you.
  • Go over pallet rack safety training often. Even if you have a team who has been around for years, refresh their memories and drill home the safety of pallet rack safety. This can help them avoid accidents and injuries.

It’s important to put safety first when it comes to your warehouse. While accidents happen and mistakes are going to be made, being as proactive as possible about the safety of your working environment, your pallet racks, and your team can help you avoid major catastrophes. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team would love to help you in any way we can. We offer installation services, repair services, and inspection services for warehouses across the country. Get in touch with our team today and let’s talk about what we can do to help you stay safe. You can call us or contact us through our website to reach a member of our team.

Our thoughts go out to the people of Manassas as they deal with the aftermath of this tragedy.

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March 25, 2016

Get the Chicago Pallet Racks & Other Warehouse Supplies You Need Fast

If your business is like a lot of Chicago businesses, things move pretty quickly. That means your warehouse needs to keep up with everything that is happening. Sometimes that means you need new equipment in your warehouse and you need it fast. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help! We have tons of great pallet racks, industrial shelves, wire racks and other warehouse supplies in stock and ready to ship to your location right away.

DAK Equipment has been in business for a long time and we’ve learned over these decades that our customers often need their new pallet racks or other warehouse supplies in a flash. Maybe you are getting a huge order in or have a huge new client that needs your help. If you can’t meet the needs of your customers, you won’t be in business for long. That goes for our business, too, which is why we’re always looking for ways to meet our customer’s needs and get them the equipment they need at a fair price.

Give DAK Equipment & Engineering a call today. We’d love to talk to you about the pallet rack needs you have for your warehouse. If you need those items delivered right away, we can help with that, too. Every member of our team is dedicated to helping you get everything you need so your business can move as fast as necessary. You can reach us over the phone or through our website to speak with one of our experienced and knowledgeable team members.

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March 15, 2016

Pallet Rack Systems for Your Small Chicago Warehouse

If you are dealing with palletized shipments, you can benefit from pallet rack systems no matter how small your warehouse might be. Many warehouse owners and managers think that they will run into the following problems if they try to install pallet rack systems in their small Chicago warehouse:

  • No space for storing smaller items
  • Running out of space for employees to work in
  • No room for forklifts to operate
  • Needlessly taking up storage space for their palletized shipments

Space is always an issue for a warehouse, no matter how big it might be. More often than not, though, space is an issue not because there isn’t any left but because you aren’t using the space that you have as efficiently as possible. That’s how a pallet rack system can help. If your warehouse is dealing with pallets, a system for those pallets is a must. While it might take up space in your already-cramped warehouse, it can use the space that it takes up more efficiently and allow your team to work with those pallets in a safer, less time-consuming way.

Pallet rack systems are designed to hold and manage your pallets in an organized fashion. If your aren’t currently using one, chances are you are simply stacking your pallets on top of each other or laying them out across your floor space. Stacking creates a slow down in production when the items that you need are on the bottom of the stack; spreading out your pallets isn’t using your space wisely and is probably making it feel more cramped than it is in reality.

Depending on the kind of merchandise that you are handling, the number of pallets you deal with, and how often you need to access them, there is a pallet rack system for your space. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team in Chicago can help you determine which one is right for your warehouse by getting to know more about your company and the space you are working in. Options include selective pallet racks (the most common pallet rack system used in warehouses), drive thru pallet rack systems (used with forklifts), and push back pallet rack systems. Once you and your DAK Equipment representative have decided which pallet rack system is best, they can help you design your space to make it fit.

We have an on-site warehouse design team who can help you overhaul your warehouse to make the most effective use of the space possible. You’ll be amazed at how our team can transform even the smallest warehouses into efficient, well organized units. We’ll give you a layout with our suggestions for your new setup, including the integration of your pallet rack systems.

If you are tired of tripping over pallets and constantly shuffling your pallets around, give the DAK Equipment team a call today. We’d love to talk to you about your pallet rack needs and help you find the system that fits your warehouse and your budget. You can reach us by giving us a call or contacting us through our website today.

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