Pallet racking safety pins play an important part in the safety of your racking systems. Without them your system could be a safety risk to your staff and your business!
The worst case scenario is that your racking system will collapse. Safety pins are a cost-effective way to help eliminate risk.
What are pallet racking safety pins?
- Pallet racking safety pins can be referred to as “beam locks” or “beam connector locks”.
- They are small devices that help secure your beams to the frame.
- They are inserted into the beam and through the front face of the upright.
- Manufactured from either plastic or steel, you should have 2 pins per beam.
Why should you use racking safety pins?
- Pallet racking safety pins help prevent beams from becoming accidentally dislodged during normal loading unloading operations.
- The consequences of a beam becoming dislodged due to the failure of a safety pin can be serious, such as falling pallets or racking collapse.
- In some cases, safety pins have a bearing on how a rack may or may not collapse.
- Safety pins are required as part of the SEMA Code of Practice.
- Racking systems without safety pins would be an Amber Risk following an inspection by a SEMA Approved Rack Inspector.
Are safety pins manufacturer specific?
- YES! Each manufacturer has designed the racking system and safety pin to work together.
- The safety pin will have been engineered to behave in a particular way with certain forces, such as a minimum uplift force as per the SEMA Code.
- The pin will have “failure modes” to ensure certain forces won’t damage the racking system.
- Non-standard devices such as nuts and bolts may not offer the same protection as the manufacturers own safety pins.
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