Pallet Racking Inspections in Calgary and Edmonton
How can cam|industrial help with your racking inspection needs?
Performing regular inspections and repairs in your warehouse are important elements in maintaining a safe racking system. Neglect in this area is often detrimental for a company. Inspections play a more important part for a company than most managers and owners realize.
Three reasons on why you need to have your racking systems regularly inspected:
1) To ensure the safety of your employees.
2) To comply with legal requirements.
3) To comply with Insurance requirements.
As an employer and business owner, the safety of your employees, and visitors to your facility, is of utmost importance. By having your racking system expertly inspected, you are taking the first step to ensure everyone’s safety and to protect yourself from potential liability.
Legal & Regulatory Requirements
Criminal Code of Canada, Section 217.1 “Everyone who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person, or any other person, arising from that work or task.”
OH&S Occupational Health and Safety also provides legislation regarding Equipment in general, (Part 1, Section 12), and Storage Racks in particular, (Part 12, Section 187).
- Part 12, Section 187 (2) states:
- “an employer must ensure that racks used to store materials or equipment:
- A) are designed, constructed, and maintained to support the load placed on them
- B) are placed on firm foundations that can support the load”
CSA Canadian Standards Association A344-17 establishes the requirements for a safe environment for steel storage racks. It identifies who should be performing inspections, provides an overview of what should be inspected, and suggests a frequency. Get your copy of the complete CSA standards here.
COR Certificate of Recognition. If your business is COR certified or are working towards certification, you will need to regularly inspect and maintain your racking system with documentation. Find out more about becoming COR Certified here.
WorkSafe BC is the Worker's Compensation Board of British Columbia. They provide legislation for working and conducting business in BC, and specific to cam|industrial, they have outlined proper practices of operating warehouses with supplementary storage and racking information.
* Personal Inspection = monthly
** Professional Inspection = annually
Accidents due to inadequate inspections could result in your insurance being denied or cancelled. In the event of a claim, an insurance adjuster determines if due diligence was performed to ensure that all code requirements have been met, and preventative maintenance has been performed to avoid the accident.
Rack System Failures - Common Causes
- Collisions from material handling equipment.
- Compound or aggregated damages affecting the structural integrity of the racking system.
- Overloading the system capacity.
- Inadequate engineering, design, or installation of the system.
- Insufficient load-bearing capabilities of the conrete slab.
If you're unsure if you need an inspection, see our online article for an in-depth look on the importance of pallet racking inspections. It outlines the in's and out's of having your racking regularly inspected. It also provides insight to the legal requirements behind inspections, as well as how your insurance can be affected because of a preventable accident due to a lack of inspections.
View The Inspection Cycle diagram for a general process flow on how cam|industrial can help with your pallet racking inspection project.
Our Process and Deliverables
- Assesment. The first step is to determine what information and documentation you already have, the size of the project, and your needs. From there, we will provide a proposal to do the work.
- Field Inspection. A thorough inspection will be carried out to confirm the details of your system and identify deficiencies.
- Drafting & Engineering. Drawings will be updated or created, and system capacities will be calculated based on the field inspection data.
- Report. A detailed report will be provided from our engineering group that includes: drawings, capacities, engineering notes, deficiency list with images, material take off for repairs and replacement components, and a quotation to supply and install the replacement components.
- Repairs and Replacements. If you proceed with the recommended repairs, we will supply and install all components.
- Certification. Your report will be updated to identify the repairs that have been completed and will then be stamped by our engineer group.
- Final Review. If repairs have been performed, the workmanship will be reviewed by our engineering group.
- Internal Inspection. Between expert inspections, owners should perform regular inspections as well.
cam|industrial offers complete turnkey solutions to your pallet racking design, engineering, rack inspections, repair, and maintenance needs. The extent of work required at your facility will depend on your existing documentation, racking configuration, rack condition, product mix, and your comfort level of risk tolerance to ensure the system is safe.
From start to finish, we will consult with you to determine your needs and provide as much assistance we can to make your racking inspection project go as smoothly as possible. We can also provide further design recommendations, engineering, racking permitting, project management, and preventative maintenance.
As a member of the EGBC (British Columbia) and APEGA (Alberta) organizations, cam|industrial's engineering services are recognized across Western Canada as being of premier quality and practice. As a permit holder in these organizations, we at cam|industrial have a responsibility to uphold the highest of standards in our engineering work. As such, the safety of your facility is our number one priority, and your inspections will be completed with the utmost care and accuracy.
Contact us for any information you might need to get your project up and running.
Bar Code Labels. Can be applied to every end frame to uniquely identify it and maintain a history of its condition and any repairs that may have been made to it over time.
Bay Condition Labels. These labels provide a quick visual reference of the status of all bays that currently have a deficiency. The deficiency status levels are: Monitor, Repair, and Unload.
Beam Seals. Security seals are used to prevent employees from altering beam elevations without authorization. Every beam level will have a seal that prevents the beam from being removed without cutting off the wire seal. They prevent employees from making unauthorized system changes and provide a visual reference so inspectors know if the system has been altered.
For more information on pallet racking inspections, or if you'd like to request a quote:
Do you repair racking?
Yes, here at cam|industrial, we can help you with any racking repair you may need, and can easily replace racking with the same equipment as your original system. We have also partnered with Damotech to provide you with a permanent repair solution on your system. Check out our pallet racking repair page for more information.
Do I need an annual rack inspection?
According to CSA requirements, yes. A specialist must carry out inspections at intervals of no more than 12 months. Find the complete CSA guide here.
Do I need to inspect my racking as well?
Yes. In accordance with the CSA User Guide for Steel Storage Racks, the person responsible for storage equipment safety must ensure that inspections are made on regular intervals based on risk assessment.
What is included in my racking inspection?
Our trained professional will visit your site - they will assess any past documentation and conduct the inspection - create and/or update facility drawings - confirm and determine your system's capacity - we will certify your racking - the repair and replacement of any damaged racking will then take place - finishing with the generation of reports.
For a simple process overview, refer to our diagram of The Inspection Cycle at the top of this page.
Are official and informal inspections the same?
No. While you can do your own weekly visual inspections, it is recommended that this is carried out by a cam|industrial employee with proper training.
What are the direct costs I'll see in the event of an accident?
According to the National Safety Council, a worker injury brings on immediate costs of OVER $200,000 to the person responsible (not to mention WCB, OH&S fines, the bad press, and the damaged reputation built around it).
Inspections are pretty expensive. Is it worth buying into them even if my racking system is still pretty new?
True, the price of an annual inspection can seem pretty steep, but it is far less than the price of a human life.