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Horizon Platforms announce new whitepaper outlining best practice on the safe installation of racking

Horizon Platforms are excited to announce the launch of a new whitepaper, developed with the support of racking industry specialists and leveraging Horizon’s own expertise in powered access. The whitepaper explores best practice advice and tips on safer working and risk management, particularly in respect to the on-site usage of MEWPs and Forklift Trucks.

The UK is in the grip of a growth explosion in warehousing and logistics supply, and the demand for racking installations to support this has never been higher. Some forecasts suggest the surge in online sales in 2020 has created a need for an additional 30 million sq ft of space. With a third of UK retail sales expected to come from online by 2024, this trend is only set to continue. It is important that this extra capacity is delivered in a safe, sustainable way, and this whitepaper is aimed the racking installers and warehousing professionals responsible for developing this crucial infrastructure. The whitepaper takes a methodical approach, providing a broad introduction to some of the most crucial considerations necessary for a safe and successful installation programme.

The whitepaper covers areas relating to:

  • 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 and Safety Executive at IPAF (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 companies working in this space operate using best practice principles, much of which is contained in this Whitepaper.”

The whitepaper is available to download here:

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