Bottoms-Up… How to Assess Baseplate Damage | Apex Safety Spotlight


You stub your toe, twist your ankle, or drop something on your foot… what’s your immediate reaction? Likely, you hop, limp, or lift the injured foot from the ground throwing yourself off balance. Well, your pallet rack takes hits regularly in “the foot” and if you are not treating that “injury” with proper care you could have a whole lot more to worry about than a simple “Ouchy”.

Pallet rack safety accessories (hopefully) are in place to take the brunt of the hits when they come. Safety accessories such as row-end protectors, column protectors, and rub rails are designed to protect rack from direct hits with warehouse equipment, but even they can only take so much abuse. In addition, sometimes the hit comes in such a way that the rack is directly impacted despite your best efforts. So, how do you determine if your pallet rack anchor damage is a safety issue?

Here are some tips from the pallet rack audit PROs at Apex

  1. Anchoring Basics: Every baseplate must have at least (1) anchor. The baseplate usually has extra holes that are not used but can allow it to be re-anchored if the current anchor gets damaged, if the anchor gets bent, or if rebar is hit during installation.
  2. Shims Basics: Typically, shim plates are installed beneath the baseplate/column to level the rack if it is resting on uneven floor. Shims are used for both cross-aisle and down-aisle flooring slopes.

RMI Guidelines for Stacking Shims:

-For shim packs that are less than 2 times the diameter of the anchor, there is no requirement to “lock” the shims together by welding or installing a second anchor.

-For shim packs that are between 2 times but less than 6 times the diameter of the anchor, there is a requirement to “lock” the shims together by welding or adding a second anchor.

-Shim packs that are greater than 6 times the anchor diameter are not permitted.

  1. Baseplate Damage: Front and back baseplates which are torn, ripped or twisted past ½” require repair.
  2. Anchor Damage: Each baseplate of the upright (front and back) must be anchored to the floor. Check for missing, loose and sheared anchors.

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Baseplate Damage

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Column Guard Damage

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Baseplate Measurment

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Stacked Shims

Don’t Go It Alone

The Apex Rack Repair & Safety Program offers you two easy to use options to evaluate the structural soundness of your entire pallet rack system. 1. The Rack Repair App…or 2. the Apex PRO Rack Audit Team.

Apex Rack Repair Mobile AppApex Rack Repair Mobile App provides Do It Yourself capability to conduct a complete pallet rack system audit. The app prompts you for key specs and photos as you identify system damage on columns, struts, baseplates, anchors, and beams. You can also take notes about wire decking, supports, load deflection, proper flue space, and more.

If all that sounds like something you’d prefer to Leave it to the PROs … Apex still has you covered. Apex PROs rack inspectors will come to you and handle your complete audit using the Rack Repair Mobile App.

Our Promise – Whether DIY with the app or a PRO audit you’ll receive a comprehensive rack inspection report with an independent solution recommending steps for system repairs and maintenance.

Safe, “healthy” rack is a key component in warehouse optimization. The Apex Rack Repair Mobile App is here to help. Download the app today, call us or visit our website for more information.