Warehouses and warehouse management today find themselves in a unique and dynamic environment as global supply chains feel the impact of the global pandemic. The pandemic notwithstanding, however, common warehouse problems in 2020 and 2021 seem to be almost the same as before:
- Erratic demand
- Varied labour shortages and costs
- Inaccurate inventory
- Use of inadequate storage containers
All these require awareness and attention. However, when it comes to storage containers, and storage safety, especially when storage at height is concerned, there can be no trade-offs. Companies running warehouses must be aware that there is nothing better when using steel cages in warehouse storage at height.
What is the challenge with storage at height?
Though the main challenge with storage at height is using the correct or compatible storage container, poor warehouse layout and proper pallet racking also add to the issues concerning storage at height.
- Poor warehouse layout is critical in any warehouse because the efficient use of space spells the success factor. Inadequate storage space and inefficient use of available spaces are common problems in warehouses with poor facility layout. Solving this means proper optimal warehouse layout considering floor space and vertical space available. This also contemplates the use of equipment, labour, accessibility of all items, security and safety of all items, and the proper choice of storage containers for pallet racking or storage at height.
- Pallet racking is an important warehouse procedure when storage at height is involved. This is because storage at height means being aware of the surroundings and any potential dangers. Ignoring pallet racking safety affects the proper racking and protection of items being stored and the use of the correct or most compatible storage container for the sake of security and safety of both the items stored and warehouse personnel.
Is non-compliance worth a cheaper up-front cost?
The obligations of employers to the safety of their personnel, the warehouse, and whatever is in storage are clearly outlined in the Work Health and Safety Act or Regulations. Warehouse safety is also monitored closely by OSHA or Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This includes the protection of warehouse personnel working and picking items in storage above head height, as well as the safety and security of items being stored.
Companies may have cheaper up-front costs in the short run, but non-compliance is just simply tempting the fates, and an incident or accident is bound to happen. For worse, it could mean the fatality of warehouse personnel. In the long run, non-compliance may cost companies more than what they previously saved, and it could also mean penalties from the federal government.
The class leader in storage
In any industry, the storage of equipment, parts, and other items – whether large, unevenly sized, or small – means securing them properly. Wooden pallets are not up to standard for this kind of storage, so the best option comes to steel cages. These are top of the class when it comes to warehouse storage and storage at height. And at the top of this class is the DAYWALK range of steel cages and metal stillages. So, what makes Daywalk steel cages stand out from the rest?
- Rated and engineered for the toughest conditions.
- Have a class-leading rating of 1.2T.
- Designed to fit side-by-side in shipping container storage.
- Cambered safety under-rails for racking protection.
- Best-in-class nestable stacking for increased flexibility.
Are you ready to discuss your warehouse needs and shift to steel cages? You can talk to the Daywalk team by sending your enquiry HERE. We provide complete solutions and systems even for complex storage and transport challenges. We are ready to talk over your latest ideas and challenges in safe storage and transport.