Repairs and Maintenance


Certificates of Compliance for racking structures are a common request from warehouse managers in South Africa. The differences between  Barpro rack inspections and  Certificates of Compliance need explanation.  Certificates of Compliance are issued by a racking company/structural engineer and certify that a particular racking installation  has been designed to support a specified height, weight and size of pallet. It is an engineering certificate. Unless  the  pallet specification and/or load beam positions  change, the CoC issued when  the racking is installed should continue to apply. As part of a  Barpro rack inspection carried out by our SARI ( SEMA approved Rack Inspector) Barri Malherbe, he must confirm that the racking  complies with the original Certificate of Compliance i.e. that beam levels and/or pallet specs have not changed from those contained in the CoC. He does this by checking the racking against  information on load notice boards which should be prominently displayed on the racking itself. TYPICAL LOAD NOTICE BOARD If there are no load notice boards or if the racking does not comply with the information on the load  notice boards,  Barri must see the original rack drawings or confirm the specifications with the company that supplied the racking. In approximately 80% of first inspections these load  notice boards are found to be absent. Sometimes the  rack drawings are available on site. Sometimes the original rack supplier can supply copies of the  drawings. If so, then Barpro can supply new  load notice boards.   If the original rack design is not available or Barri considers it to be inadequate by current racking safety  standards  or if rack frames/ beams have been replaced with components from different  rack suppliers then a new Certificate of Compliance must be obtained before he can sign off  on the inspection. Barpro can assist warehouse managers in obtaining a new CoC. Pending the finalization of a new CoC Barri  can still do a rack safety report or alternatively just a report that denotes damaged components and their location.   Barri’s job is to check the racking for safety , identify damage that must be fixed and ensure  compliance with the Certificate of Compliance as described on the load notice boards. If beam levels have been changed from those noted   then the existing  CoC needs to be reviewed and a new one signed off by a structural engineer  or the beams moved back to where they should be. Likewise, if the pallet weights and sizes have changed. A Coc may not include the damage per location , this is why we recommend a SEMA rack inspection through Barri , as he will provide a detailed damage report. Once correct load notice boards have been attached to the racking, either Barri or warehouse staff trained by Barri via his one-day rack safety courses  can inspect the racking on a regular basis as is currently done in UK warehouses. Any racking damage will then be recorded and repaired. For more information contact Barpro Storage SA



Barpro recently had a call out from one of our clients stating their mobiles were not moving. When our technician arrived on site, he discovered that there was a build-up of dirt on the rails causing the base wheels to lose traction, thereby the base would not move over the rails. This problem would not have happened if the rails were cleaned regularly. Another client kept burning out motors and repairing them without investigating why it was happening. When the front guide rail was cleaned, a nut was found jammed in the center which took them 20 minutes to get out – problem solved. The moral of the story, keep guide rails clean and not override the safeties.


What is the latest from our SEMA Rack Inspector?

In my recent inspections, I encountered several warehouses and cold stores around Southern Africa with operators of MHE depositing pallets on damaged beams. Not just superficial or unseen damage but damage you can see ( note photo ). We don’t know if this is done with closed eyes from the driver’s point of view or if it is just a case of the driver not knowing what can happen if such a beam collapses. Maybe the instruction comes directly from a supervisor or manager that don’t know the seriousness of the situation. Then you get beams that are damaged already being installed- the damage varies from a beam being bent to one of the lugs being broken off.(note photo). The same goes for frames. Frames that are seen to be damaged are still loaded. We are unfortunately not all engineers and do not understand the principles of structural integrity – but when something does not look right- it probably isn’t. We do a training course for exactly that reason. They will be directly responsible for seeing the damage and reporting it to the PRRS (Person Responsible for Rack Safety ) – who in return can categorize the damage into Red, Amber, or Green. SEMA DAMAGE CODES & TOLERANCES Till next time. Contact Barpro’s SEMA Rack Inspector for more advice on rack safety and inspections : Barri-Leon Malherbe SEMA Approved Rack Inspector – Reg: 0344 Mobile: 082 565 3970 Office: 021 5529190

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