Most common questions asked regarding racking

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How often should I get my racking inspected?

There are numerous global standards relating to racking, however they all recommend racking be inspected at least once a year.

Why should I get my racking inspected?

Poorly maintained racking can collapse and kill people. However it is not only loss of life that results from racking collapses. Other side effects include:

  • Inability to service your clients
  • Potential legal action by workers, the public and your clients
  • Costs involved in replacement of collapsed racking and the loss of business

Why should I get my racking inspected by IRIA and not the manufacturer?

Getting your racking inspected by an independent company such as IRIA ensures the most economical means of maintaining your racking.

IRIA will inspect all brands of racking, this is especially important if you have multiple brands  on your site. In general manufacturers will only inspect their own brand.

IRIA has no interest in selling you racking and therefore we will not recommend repairs that are not necessary. In general the inspectors for the racking manufacturers are also their sales people.

How do I arrange a racking inspection?

Contact our office either via email or phone & speak to our friendly staff. They will have a brief chat to you about your requirements and gather some information on the number of sites you would like inspected and their size (usually by the number of bays of racking). They will then provide you with a quote and a proposed inspection date.

What happens on the day of the inspection?

On the day of the inspection our inspector will arrive and upon induction to your site they are able to work independently for the duration of the inspection. At the completion of the inspection they will go through their findings with you and answer any questions.

When will I receive my report?

Your Inspection Report will, in general, be emailed to you within 24 hours of completion of the inspection. There are some circumstances where this may be up to 48 hours.

Can I inspect the racking myself?

Staff on site should be completing a regular visual check of the racking and reporting any damage to the relative person. However a thorough inspection by a qualified inspector should be completed at least annually.

Why do I need Safe Work Load Charts?

Safe Work Load Charts are necessary to instruct your MHE (Materials Handling Equipment) drivers on the acceptable loads for each beam within your facility. They also provide information on correctly placing loads on beams. They are an aide to avoiding the overloading of beams and placing too much strain on the racking system overall.

How much will it cost to get my racking inspected?

It depends on the size and location of your facility. Email us for a quote.

How do I manage the repair process?

With our iRAT  management tool you can manage your inspection & repair process online. Once your chosen repairer has completed any repairs you can tick them off your online report. At your next scheduled inspection, our inspector will check that the repairs have been done and certify them as complete.

How do I make sure all of my sites are compliant with their racking?

With our iRAT system you can view inspection reports for all of your sites. You can choose to receive a weekly email from us to advise which repairs remain outstanding and you have access to multiple reports including which sites have the most damage,  how are the repairs tracking, how long are they taking to get done etc.

You can elect to have multiple people receiving reports, alert emails etc.

Do I need to get my shelving inspected?

Shelving should be inspected in line with steel storage racking. There are a number of potential differences that need to be considered including the floor fixings, shelving materials and stability.

What happens if my staff have been adjusting my racking?

The adjustment of racking including beam levels can in some instances impact upon the load carrying capacity of a racking system. If you are not sure contact IRIA for advice.