The 3 risks of being non-complaint


The 3 risks of being non-complaint

Did you know, New Zealand experiences over 14,000 earthquakes a year? It’s no wonder we’ve earned the title, the ‘Shaky Isles’. While only around 150 of these are felt, that number alone underscores why businesses must make sure their racking and shelving is complaint.

What are the 3 risks you’re exposed to?

1. Risk to human life – This is the most obvious risk. Safety of employees in the workplace is a concern to most employers. But it’s also a legal obligation. Humans always come off second best when hit by heavy items falling from above. It’s no surprise most warehousing facilities, retail outlets and Health & Safety take this very seriously.

2. Risk of product and asset loss – Most products are easily damaged when falling from racking or shelving. Seismic activity can also twist and damage racking and shelving rendering it unusable.

3. Risk of disruption to business – less of a concern to many is disruption to business because it is often not given thought. But what if your racking or shelving topples over? Damage can be catastrophic, demolishing walls, breaking machinery and smashing technology, putting a stop to your operations for a considerable time – and at substantial cost.

Lessons from the Canterbury Earthquakes

The devastating Canterbury earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011 showed us first-hand just how important it is that our storage racking systems and shelving are designed and maintained to withstand seismic activity. Most of New Zealand is earthquake-prone, so none of us can afford to ignore this requirement. In fact, it’s largely since the Canterbury earthquakes that industry has begun to realise just how much stronger NZ racking systems must be compared to many other countries.

Mitigating your risk

Racking and shelving systems should be designed and maintained so that they can withstand the effects of a seismic event. Items stored above 1.2 metres and weighing more 5kg must be restrained to prevent them from falling to the ground or on employees working beneath. Regular inspections of racking and shelving are necessary for safety, and to check for missing bolts, bent supports, warped shelving or damage from forklifts. If damage has occurred, it should be repaired immediately by a qualified contractor.

Becoming compliant is easier than you think

Compliance requirements for racking and shelving haven’t changed much since the Canterbury earthquakes. They just weren’t strictly enforced. But now, seismic compliance is being addressed with much more vigour by councils. This means businesses should examine racking and shelving – old and new – with a renewed focus.


Get a FREE health check

There is an easy way to ensure your installations are compliant, and that’s to get Auckland Racking and Shelving to give your systems a health check. The good news is, it’s free. We understand the rules around compliance inside-out. We’ll make sure your systems are up to today’s codes, which will help protect your business, keep your staff safer and give you peace-of-mind. Don’t wait. Get a free health check now.

RHM Admin