We have a number of sites in the UK. All have an element of pallet and cable racking which I understand is subject to annual inspection. But the rest is shelving which is replenished and picked from by hand, this this therefore exempt from annual inspection?
The short answer is yes, shelving is subject to the same recommendations as pallet racking so it does need to be inspected at similar intervals.
Plainly there are differences and while shelving is not usually subjected to the same magnitude of load as racking it is made from much thinner and lighter materials so damage can be caused more easily. Sometimes incorrect handling techniques such as standing on a lower shelf to pick from a higher one rather than getting a set of steps can cause serious damage to the shelf and in some circumstances can result in the rack being pulled over.
Shelving has a set of different problems and needs regular inspections because of this.
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