Mezzanine storage platforms are a fantastic storage solution for a well-stocked warehouse or distribution centre. However there are certain precautions that need to be put into place, to ensure the platforms are used safely. Installing a mezzanine floor in your warehouse means determining the best gate solution for staff safety, without compromising on productivity and efficiency. Mezzanine safety gates are designed specifically to reduce the risk of accidental falls when loading and unloading to the mezzanine floor.
The greatest advantage of a mezzanine floor is that they allow you to make use of the wasted air space in your commercial storage facility. In order to load stock on to the mezzanine storage floor though, a forklift needs to elevate pallets up on to the mezzanine level. This requires exposing gaps at the edges of the mezzanine flooring. Exposed openings can provide opportunity for staff and stock to accidentally fall, making these gaps high safety risks if not properly managed by installing a mezzanine safety gate.
Installing and properly utilising mezzanine safety gates will ensure not only the safety of staff and goods on the mezzanine floor, but also the safety of anyone walking underneath. Deciding which gate is best depends on the space you are working in and how often the pallet area on the mezzanine level will be utilised.
Pallet rollover safety gates offer the highest level of safety and are perfect for large loads, as well as frequent pallet drop offs. Easy to use, the gate is simply lifted up and over to close off whichever side is not being used. When the outer gate is open, the inner gate is closed—and vice-versa. Pallet rollover safety gates provide a safe loading area on the edge of the mezzanine at all times.
Sliding gates are simple and the most efficient means of providing a loading point on your mezzanine. There are two types of sliding gates—manual and electronic—both can be easily left open by accident or if pallets are being loaded onto a mezzanine floor constantly. Therefore sliding gates may not be the safest option in situations where pallet traffic on the mezzanine floor is heavy.
Swing gates are great where a sliding gate can’t be used, such as confined spaces. Swing gates are easy to use, however they are also prone to being left open while pallets are being broken down. To try and discourage employees working directly off pallets on the edge of the mezzanine floor, ensure the pallet can be jacked out of the way so the gates can be closed for safety.
Worker safety is a warehousing industry issue and you have a duty to ensure the safety of your employees. Taking a proactive stand by investing in the right mezzanine safety gate will ensure you not only protect your employees and goods, but also your business and the industry. Consult with Dynamic Warehouse Solutions, to ensure you choose the right gate for your warehouse or distribution centre.