Protecting Your Racking System: Your Guide to Column Protectors & Pallet Stops – 13

A Deep Dive into Racking Protection Solutions with Simply Rack

Tracy from Simply Racks discusses essential strategies for safeguarding your warehouse racking system. In this episode, she explores the benefits of end-of-row protection and column protection, emphasizing their roles in preventing forklift damage and maintaining structural integrity.

What You'll Learn

  • Why end-of-row protection with yellow bollards is crucial for shielding against forklift collisions and protecting pallets from impacts.
  • How column protection, a metal multiflora option, effectively minimizes damage to the lower 16 inches of uprights by allowing the forklift to hit the product on the column protector first.
  • When single pallet stops come into play, preventing pallets from overextending and hitting walls while ensuring compliance with OSHA regulations for secure pallet seating.

Enhance the safety and durability of your warehouse racking system with SimplyRack’s protective solutions. For all your pallet racking needs, reach out to Simply Rack today! Whether you’re looking for expert guidance, tailored solutions, or Quick Ship convenience, we’re here to help. Contact us now at 844-722-7225 or visit our location at 8560 North IH 35 Service Road, Georgetown, TX 78626, United States. Your optimized warehouse storage journey starts here with Simply Rack.

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Tracy Jackson: Hi guys, this is Tracy from Simply Rack.

Today, we’re going to talk about protecting your racking system. One of the options for row ends is end of row protection, which are the yellow bowlers that protect a forklift from backing in or pallets to be pushed against it. Well, orange option, which is column protection the majority of upright damage is the lower 16 inches of the upright and this metal multiflora option will allow the forklift to hit the product on the column protector before actually hitting the racking system. Yes, it will actually damage the column protector, but better that than the uprights. This is not a save all for the racking. The forklift is obviously a lot larger and heavier, but it certainly does help, especially since the end of row protection protects the bollard, where the bollard protects you upright excuse me and is anchored with three-quarter inch anchors per end of row and they connect here in the middle. So, for instance, these are 42 inch deep uprights with a 12 inch push base, so this is a 48 inch deep end of row protection, matches perfectly in the middle and looks great.

Hi guys, this is Tracy with SimplyRack. We’re going to talk about protecting your walls and flue space against the wall. The item that you’re looking at here is called a single pallet stop and connects to the beam through the wire so that it stops the pallet from overextending and hitting the wall. It still allows the pallet to overhang three to four inches so that if you have a 48 inch deep pallet on a 42 inch deep upright, you’re going to have overhang front and back, which is exactly what OSHA wants you to have. You need to have overhang so that the pallet is seated securely on the front and back beam.

If you have a fire code that requires flue space protection, we do have a double where the uprights are back to back. That can be provided as well. When installing the column protectors, you’re going to want to make sure that the column protector itself is not touching the upright. That’s so if the forklift hits the column protector and it bends backwards, as it’s supposed to do, it doesn’t actually crease into the upright and it’s done its job. The single pallet stops, as you can see from the side angle, extend over about three inches and as the pallet hits it, the weight triangles into the beam so that you’re not going to damage the pallet stop for your product.