Safety in Storage

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Nick Betteley, Technical Director at Stakapal guides you through making the right decisions for your racking to create a safe site.

Choose the correct racking for your business and you’ll hardly notice it’s there. However, make the wrong choice and it could have huge consequences for your business. With over 55 years’ experience manufacturing storage solutions for the timber industry, Stakapal understands the challenges. Here are three key elements you need to cover for safe racking.

Design and Manufacture

Correct design of your racking has a lot to deliver. It should optimise available storage within the footprint of the building, meet structural requirements of the stored products, keep your business running profitably but also provide a safe working space.
With so many racking systems available business owners can get reassurance by choosing a storage system from a SEMA Full Member like Stakapal. SEMA is a leading voice on safe storage within the industry and to meet their high standards, Stakapal products are independently assessed to meet SEMA regulations. This guarantees they have been designed, manufactured, and installed to rigorously defined standards. Stakapal’s in-house design team work with our clients to analyse their available space and create a storage solution that works for the business. Our Cantilever Racking is widely used throughout the timber industry as it offers an excellent solution for storage and display purposes as well as selectivity. We also manufacture Vertical Storage and Pigeon Hole Racking where there is a requirement for handloaded products. Our full range of Racking Systems including three different types of Pallet Racking is manufactured in our factory in the UK.


The installation of Racking systems is a skilled job and should only be carried out by experienced and knowledgeable installers who assemble to the manufacturer’s specifications. After all, even the smallest change in its original design configuration and non-adherence to installation tolerances can affect structural integrity. It is a legal requirement under the HSE’s Construction Design & Management Regulations 2015 for business owners to check their racking supplier’s quality credentials and ensure they use trained labour. You can do this by making sure they only use SEIRS (Storage Equipment Installers Registration Scheme) registered installers. Our own in-house teams are registered and put through SEIRS, a unique training initiative from SEMA which aims to raise safety standards at the point of installation.

In Use

Once your racking has been installed and to ensure on-going safety it must be maintained. Racking systems qualify as work equipment and, under PUWER, it is your responsibility to ensure they are in good working order. The HSE recommends using a SEMA Approved Racking Inspector (SARI) who is trained and assessed to meet industry standards. Stakapal’s own in-house SARI qualified inspectors can undertake your annual inspection and prepare a detailed report highlighting where repair work is considered necessary.

Article source: Timber Trader UK Magazine, Spring 22

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