Using properly trained inspectors in a planned inspection program has been proved as the most effective and efficient means of reducing incidents and stacking damage.
An effective safety of stacking inspection program will improve worker communication, company morale and, over time reduction as a result of improvement in efficiency for those directly involve in storage and distribution chain. On regular basis, stacking inspections are aimed primarily at finding and recording of unsafe conditions of stacking. This focus tends to ignore other causes of incidents such as unsafe actions and personal factors.
Racking inspection requires planning. It is important that the organization carrying out this activity has adequate policies and procedures in establishing stacking inspection programs. Responsibility and accountability must be assigned, identifying who inspectors are and when inspections are supposed to be done. Ideal stacking inspection program should identify all the stacking systems to be inspected and then set standards to be maintained by supervisors and workers.
The inspection should also include a system that will record activities done and ensure that any problems identified are corrected by a responsible person who has the ability to carry out the necessary changes. A follow up system, through the safety committee and management, should be employed to ensure that all items are followed up and corrected. Once the inspection program is in place, the safety program should provide a means of monitoring it to see if trends arise that may be contributing to the company’s accident or injury problems.