Height of Pallet Racking
The height of your pallet racking is not restricted, but it is dependent on multiple elements, including:
- Building Height: This is the primary determinant. The pallet racking should not exceed the height of the available space in the building.
- Lifting Equipment: Your lift truck’s maximum lifting height should match your racking height to ensure products can be easily accessed on the topmost racks.
- Product Specifications: The size, shape, and weight of the products stored will affect the height of pallet racking. The capacity of each rack level must be able to safely support the load of stored products while height design should accommodate for their size.
- Building and Fire Codes: It’s crucial to ensure that the planned pallet racking falls in line with safety regulations and any other building or fire codes in your region.
- Engineering Approval: For more extensive projects, the design and setup must be approved by a certified engineer to guarantee the racking structure’s safety and functionality.
In South Africa, a typical warehouse often has pallet racking with six to seven levels. With an estimated height of around 1.5 meters per level, this results in total racking height between 9 – 10.5 meters.