How often should I get my racking inspected?

Numerous global standards exist related to racking. They all, however, recommend that racking must be inspected at least once every calendar year.

Why should I get my racking inspected?

Poorly maintained racking can collapse, resulting in death. Loss of life is not the only potential outcome resulting 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?

Having your racking inspected by an independent company such as IRIA ensures the most impartial and cost effective means of racking maintenance.

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

IRIA has no interest in selling you racking and therefore will not recommend unnecessary repairs. For the most part 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 information on the number of sites you would like inspected and their size (usually by the number of bays of racking). IRIA 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 proceed 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 of your questions.

When will I receive my report?

Your Inspection Report will typically 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 party/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 via 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 also choose to receive a weekly email from us to provide information on the following:

  • Outstanding repairs that need to be made
  • 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.

This process also allows you to 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 still not sure contact IRIA as soon as possible for advice. 




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