Second hand Link 51 racking condemned
Racking horror stories #1 – We were called in by a public body to quote for the repairs to their racking following an “independent” racking safety survey (click here for more about racking surveys). They had received, in their words a SEMA racking survey, and two other companies in to quote for the repairs and we were the third. However we noted that the frame bracing on the racking did not meet the racking manufacturer i.e. Link 51’s technical requirements. In simple terms there was not as much bracing in as the manufacturer recommends. We contacted the Link 51 technical department for their advice which was that as they had not tested the racking with that level of bracing they could not certify the carrying capacity of the racking and hence we declined to quote to undertake the repairs. In the end the racking was condemned and had to be replaced even though it had only been installed 12 months earlier.
Well known retailer over specifies their racking requirements
Racking horror stories #2 – Many well respected safety conscious companies deliberately over specify there racking and knowing this some unreliable racking suppliers under supply. These suppliers are often on the face of it reputable companies. The case in question was where an incumbent supplier of new Link 51 racking lost the contract to supply racking to this particular retailer. The difference in price was significant and was hard to explain. A few months after the contract was awarded on a routine follow up by the old supplier he noticed that the load notice on some of the racking did not reflect the racking that had been supplied. In simple terms this customer specified that beams should take 2500 kgs per pair even though the maximum they would ever put on was 2000 kgs. The supplier simply supplied racking suitable for what the client as really storing and then over stated the capacity on the load sign.