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Announcing New Whitepaper on the Safe Installation of Racking

New whitepaper explores safety tips and strategies for scissor lift and forklift truck use in racking and mezzanine installs

Horizon Platforms are pleased to announce the launch of a new whitepaper aimed at racking, storage and warehousing professionals. The whitepaper contains essential best practice for the installation of racking. Particularly in reference to the selection, safe usage and management of scissor lift MEWPs and forklift trucks.

Developed with the advice and support of racking specialists and leveraging Horizon’s own expertise in powered access, the new whitepaper is available to download here.

Chris Wraith, former IPAF Health & Safety Executive, outlines his top takeaways from the new whitepaper

The UK is in the grip of an explosion of growth in warehousing and logistics supply. The demand for racking installations to support this has never been higher. So, this whitepaper provides useful guidance to those professionals who are supporting this growth. There are tips on how to ensure best practice is enshrined in their processes, and is structured to take a methodical approach to the risks involved.

a Horizon scissor lift being used in a racking installation project.
A scissor lift being used to assist with a newbuild racking installation.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Project considerations and machine selection
  • Safe operation and advice on checks and record-keeping
  • Emergency plans: scope, contents and who is responsible
  • Safe handling of racking materials with machines
  • Tips for operating in restricted space
  • Advice linked to the installation of mezzanine floors

Chris Wraith, former Health & Safety Executive at the International Powered Access Federation, who contributed to the whitepaper said, ““The very nature of racking installs bring with it various levels of risk, some of them extreme. It is crucial therefore that installers operate using best practice principles, much of which is contained in this Whitepaper.”

For more information and to download the whitepaper, follow this link.