PALLET RACK INSPECTION SERVICES

Whether you supervise a single warehouse or operate multiple distribution centers, our goal is to help you manage what is frequently a critical asset: your racking systems. Through our pallet rack inspection services, performed by experienced engineers, we offer you a comprehensive overview of the condition of your racking systems. The detailed reporting, based on rigorous observations by our rack experts, allows you to take corrective actions and bring your racking back to conformity. The Damotech Platform offers online access to the reports with dashboards to help you track your progress.

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WHY INSPECT YOUR RACKS?

In North America, the law stipulates that company management is responsible for providing a safe workplace to their employees. Putting workers at risk of injury can expose employers to serious liability in case of an accident.

Despite the demands of your daily operations, it's critical that your racking systems maintain their full integrity over time. Our pallet rack inspection services are thorough, and periodically performed by a Damotech engineer, to certify that your racking systems comply with the local rack design and safety standards.

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RACK INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION SERVICE

Our engineers walk your facility and thoroughly inspect your racking systems for conformity by collecting on-site information, taking pictures and recording any deficiencies, damages or missing components. Our pallet rack inspection services are non-disruptive to your daily operations. Following this visit, we'll issue a detailed report with recommendations.

Regardless of your industry, the type of pallet racks you use or the kind of damage found in your warehouse, we have all the expertise and solutions to help you diagnose, report and address the deficiencies.

WHEN TO INSPECT YOUR PALLET RACKING

New Rack Installation

Whether it's your entire warehouse or a small section, a brand-new installation calls for a 3rd party to verify that everything was installed according to engineering specifications and that the rack systems are ready to be put to safe use.

Corporate Safety Initiative

When launching a corporate-wide safety program, you want a baseline inspection performed to assess the condition of the racks at a specific point in time, and to be able to measure your progress towards a safer warehouse environment.

Timely Re-Assessment

An annual, quarterly, or monthly re-inspection of your racks after a baseline inspection has already been conducted. New damage may have occurred. Updating the status of previously reported issues will give a more accurate measure of performance.

Regulatory Compliance Review

Some jurisdictions require an official document stating that racks have been rated, inspected and are safe to use. Ontario requires a PSR (Pre-start Health and Safety Review) and British Columbia (WorkSafeBC) also requires inspections.

Repair or Replacement

If your damaged rack was fixed with parts from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or a specialized rack repair kit, you may want to ensure that the rack still meets original specifications and maintains its rated load capacity.

Reconfiguration Review

You changed the layout of your racking systems or changed the height of certain beams? An inspection or certification (LARCS) is required by code before putting the rack systems back into usage.

Collapse or Earthquake

Was there a major incident in your warehouse? Whether they are induced by a human error like a forklift accident or from a natural cause like an earthquake, you will need to make sure the integrity of your rack has not been compromised.

Regulatory Audit

Before or after a regulatory or corporate audit, you may need a comprehensive report on the conformity of your pallet rack systems or a document that certifies this. Such a report can be produced promptly after a visit by a rack expert.

Pre-Purchase / Change of Tenant

If you are looking to acquire or lease a warehouse and need to know the current condition of the pallet racks inside the warehouse. This should allow to evaluate the investments involved to bring the racking to conformity if necessary.

Performance Benchmarking

Want to make sure your internal inspections are uniform & up-to-par across one or all of your facilities? Let a 3rd party come in and inspect your racks. Compare the reports, then make an informed decision on appropriate next steps.

Operations & Safety Optimization

If you require insight on how to increase rack safety and optimize your racks’ performance in the warehouse. Rack engineers have the know-how to provide expert advice on how to maximize operations and decrease the risk of an incident.

Incomplete Documentation

Having up-to-date layouts with associated load capacities is required. Load capacity labels or plaques are also required to be displayed at all times on or near the rack systems to inform warehouse workers of their rated capacity.

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RACK INSPECTION REPORT

Damotech engineers will produce a detailed and actionable inspection report.

It includes:

  • Outlined inspection procedures and field observations
  • Our recommendations
  • Summary location plan of the inspected systems with pictures
  • A repair proposal, if requested
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PALLET RACK SAFETY REGULATIONS

In North America, there are well-defined standards for the safe use of pallet racks in all warehouses. However, sorting through all the different rack safety standards and regulations can be challenging.

In the United States, there are regulations from organizations like RMI (Rack Manufacturer's Institute), ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Also, there are those established by Canadian government bodies like WorkSafeBC, MOL (Ontario Ministry of Labor), and CSA (Canadian Standards Association).

At Damotech, we have all the required expertise to help you make the entire regulatory conformity certification process as straightforward as possible. So whether you are looking to get a PSR Review, an OSHA Conformity Inspection or an engineer-stamped drawing with load capacities for local/municipal permits, Damotech has you covered.

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RACK INSPECTION SOFTWARE

The Damotech Platform is an online software that gives our customers instant access to the most recent inspection data for their warehouses. The dashboard shares insightful statistics about inspected racking systems. As reported issues are addressed, customers can track their progress towards achieving their goal of a safer warehouse.

Customers have access to a visual layout of their warehouse with all the recorded data for each location. They can view, filter and sort data by current status or damage priority level, as well as view the pictures taken by the Damotech inspectors.

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DAMOTECH INSPECTION ADVANTAGES

Detailed Inspection Reports

Our reports are the most detailed in the industry. All reports contain scope, procedure, key findings, found issues, pictures and much more.

Professional Engineers

All our reports are stamped by engineers that are extensively trained by Damotech's professional instructors.

Seismic Expertise

Inspections and calculations take into consideration the site location and seismic effects on the racks.

Reports in 30 Days

Inspection reports are typically delivered within 30 days of P.O. reception.

Anywhere in North America

Our engineers cover Canada and the U.S., including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska and everywhere in between.

Most Trusted Inspectors

Top performing large (and small) corporations trust Damotech's professionals with the safety of their rack systems.

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FAQ

How often should I have my racks inspected?
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There is no clear regulation on the frequency of inspections. It often depends on the speed at which rack-related issues accumulate in your warehouse. Although not clearly expressed, most governing bodies like OSHA and MOL recommend monthly assessments by warehouse personnel and yearly independent inspections by a third party.

What standards do your engineers refer to when performing inspections?
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In the U.S., the IBC (International Building Code) refers to MH16.1 (RMI Rack Design Standard) which defines how racks must be designed and maintained. In Canada, the latest NBC (National Building Code) refers to CSA S16 for the design of steel structures including racks. As this is a relatively new code, some provinces still use the previous rack design code A344.2.

Who are your inspectors? What type of certifications do they have?
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All inspectors have a bachelor’s degree in engineering. To be certified by Damotech, they undergo a rigorous training program at our facility with an experienced instructor and must then spend a set number of hours visiting warehouse facilities with a certified inspector.

Can you also address or repair the issues reported during a rack inspection?
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Inspectors do not specify repair products as they must remain completely independent from the sales process. Our local Damotech representatives will gladly assist you in determining the best course of action to address the reported issues, whether it be repairing with engineered kits or replacing damaged components with OEM parts.

What do you look for during the inspection?
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During a conformity inspection, Damotech's engineers walk the facility and perform a visual inspection of the racks.  They look for damaged or missing rack components such as columns, beams and braces. They also search for missing anchors, safety pins, safety bars and more.  The report is signed by the engineer and provides recommendations for bringing the systems back to conformity.

What is in the engineer's report?
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  • The inspection report (in electronic format) contains key findings and appendices to all issues noted during inspection (PDF and Excel). The Excel appendix contains hyperlinks to the original pictures taken during the inspection. Anomalies are rated by priority from High to Low. The report includes a plan view of the racking layout, linking the upright naming convention to a physical location in the warehouse.
  • The load capacity calculation report (in electronic format) presents the calculation results of the load capacity of the qualified racking systems in two appendices (PDF and Excel).
  • All report data is also transferred to the Damotech Web Platform, providing real-time interaction and the possibility to continue regular inspections in your warehouse.
  • After receiving a load capacity report, Damotech provides end-of-aisle load capacity plaques or a plastic load capacity sticker label for each bay. These are to be installed by our local dealer after you have read and received the load capacity engineering report.
Why is pricing not listed on your website?
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It’s not that we want to skirt around the subject of pricing. We like to know what things cost, too.
 
Our rack protection and rack repair products are made-to-measure, and we always tailor our inspection and training services to customers’ specific needs. We inspect facilities large and small, and repair damage anywhere in North America. Consequently, our pricing will factor geographic location, volume, freight, and installation costs to offer you a detailed quote containing no surprises.
 
To get more information on pricing; request a free quote or call 1-877-990-3266 and let us demonstrate the value of the products and services we provide.

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