Pallets can get a lot of use out of them as long as they do not become damaged through everyday operations. Human error and the design of the warehouse are the primary factors that influence how often your pallets can become damaged and need to be replaced. But you can fortunately mitigate these risks with these steps.

Train Your Workers Properly

Most of the damage that industrial pallets experience comes from the misuse of forklifts. Because forklift operators are damaging so many pallets, training the forklift operators on the proper use of forklifts is the optimum way to prevent damage. Workers must be trained initially on how to use forklifts and should then be retrained periodically.

Buy the Right Forklifts

Also, whether you have the right type of forklift will have an impact on how often you will need to replace your pallets. For some warehouses, a narrow aisle forklift is necessary. If you do not have the proper forklift, your workers will be more likely to make a mistake and damage the pallets.

Eliminate Clutter

One of the common reasons why forklift operators make mistakes is that they do not have enough space to operate the forklift properly. This usually is a problem when you do not clean your warehouse. If there is clutter scattered about, the drivers will need to swerve to maneuver around the clutter and might experience an accident. Workers are also more likely to have accidents if the warehouse is not illuminated properly. Rack aisles are usually darker than the rest of the warehouse because the racks can block light.

Widen Your Aisles

The aisles need to be wide enough both for the forklifts and for pedestrians. Even though the cost of reconfiguring a warehouse to allow for wider aisles can be expensive, the cost of a collapsed pallet is higher.

Make Sure Your Racking is Secure

Use column guards and other protective materials to prevent the racking from being hit by machinery. Also, the racking structure can topple over during this event unless you make sure that it is secured to the floor base. If the racking itself is damaged, applying too much pressure to the beams inside the racking can create an uneven surface.

Don't Stack Above Capacity

The workers will need to understand the capacity of the pallets and will also need to understand the maximum capacity that the racking can handle. If the pallets are stacked with too much weight, they are more likely to collapse, causing serious damage.

For more information, or for supplies, contact a local warehouse supply company, like Certified Handling Systems.