It is a disaster when the industrial shelves in your Milwaukee warehouse collapse. Collapsing shelves can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to products and equipment, but even more importantly, they can pose a huge risk to your workers. Knowing what causes industrial shelves to collapse can help you avoid the issue in the first place and be aware of when your shelves are likely to need repairs. These are the most common causes of industrial shelving damage in many Milwaukee warehouses:

  • Overloading your racks. Know how much weight your racks can handle and don’t load them over that amount. The additional weight can quickly start to cause structural weaknesses in your industrial shelves.
  • Forklift damage. The importance of forklift safety can’t be stressed enough in your warehouse. A forklift backing into a rack may leave what appears to be structural damage but could actually be the beginning of a shelf collapse.
  • Buying cheap industrial shelves or racks with reduced capacity ratings. It’s tempting to try to save a few bucks, but when your warehouse experiences a rack collapse you’ll be paying much more in the long run.
  • Improper installation or rearranging racks without a professional. The way your industrial shelves are put together is vital to their performance. Make sure a professional installs and moves your racks to give you the best results.

RMH Systems offers inspection services that can help you keep your industrial shelves in the best shape possible to avoid collapse, product loss, and injury in your Milwaukee warehouse. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help!