How can you Make your Warehouse Earthquake Resistant ?

Steel pallet racking has been designed as a storage solution for warehouses which store pallets. There are many options to choose from with regards to the structure of your storage solution and access to the pallets. For example, there are solutions for narrow access and double deep metal pallet racking.

How Earthquakes Impact Pallet Racking Systems

Earthquakes can cause considerable damage not only to pallet racking but the stability of the pallets themselves. Using non-earthquake resistant pallet racking can result in the total collapse of your pallet racking system during an earthquake, which is not only costly and damaging to stock but extremely dangerous for anyone in the vicinity. Seismic activity resulting in ground acceleration causes a significant increase in the horizontal loading of a racking system. This results in a swaying to and fro of the beams and the racks, while the pallets and stored products move with the ground activity. The combination of these movements results in uplift forces which act on the system’s uprights, forcing them to begin lifting the baseplates free of the anchors which were securing them to the floor.
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Installed racking structures are required to meet Australian Standards (it is not enough to claim the uninstalled product meets Standards). The Australian Standard for this, called the Steel Storage Racking Standard, is AS4084-2012. Please note that this Standard only applies to closed-faced racking systems. Open-faced racks must seek reference to relevant International Standards. AS4084-2012 has a normative reference to AS1170.4-2007 Structural Design Actions – Earthquake Actions in Australia. This Australian Standard details the requirements for designing structures which are subject to earthquakes.

The Technology

Some companies opt for down-aisle bracing on the racking, which is horizontal and vertical bracing that secure the racking and limit longitudinal movement. Unfortunately, the positioning of this bracing places it in the likelihood of being damaged during general use when pallets are being put onto the racks. Damage to the bracing greatly reduces its success in stabilising longitudinal movement.
Instead, some like Colby Dandenong’s racking systems are made with increased size of the standard upright and beam system in combination with the use of chemical anchors and specially designed seismic baseplates. Seismic baseplates have been instrumental in the construction of earthquake resistant steel pallet racking systems.
Because of the 2010 Christchurch earthquakes, some companies have sought improved solutions to provide to their clients for a safer outcome in the case of an earthquake. One such solution is the Pellegrino Base Isolation Unit. It was designed in 2011, to fit new and existing pallet rack systems. The unit is designed to be anchored to the floor under the upright frame, between the columns. The purpose of the isolator is to let the rack move crosswise, about the floor in the presence of seismic activity. The resulting effect is as much as an 85% dispersal of the energy exerted on the rack during seismic activity, which is significant. Another important factor in the technology is that it is a one-off expense and can be moved whenever your racking is being repaired, updated or moved.

Maintenance for Continued Safety

If you already have metal pallet racking installed and are unsure as to whether it complies with Australian Standards, it is a good idea to have it professionally inspected. There are several Australian companies qualified to inspect metal pallet racking. As the owner of a pallet racking system, it is also recommended that you schedule an annual audit for the inspection of your racking system to ensure no damage has occurred which is placing your warehouse at a safety risk. Existing damage to a pallet system’s uprights and beams is a significant factor in whether a system is likely to collapse. Therefore, the regular inspections and maintenance are extremely important. It could be the difference between whether your system suffers total collapse or remains in place in the event of an earthquake.
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Why Invest in Earthquake Resistant Solutions?

It is highly recommended that any industry requiring the use of pallet storage off the ground invest in earthquake resistant solutions. It isn’t worth the chance that in the event of an earthquake your product will be destroyed, your pallet racking could be very damaged requiring either repairs or replacement and your employees and contractors could be at risk of severe injury. If your pallet racking collapses, other equipment in your warehouse is also at risk of damage, such as forklifts. The cost of implementing an earthquake resistant solution is usually a one-off expense, and much lighter than the alternative of paying for all the damage you could see in the event of an earthquake.

Lush Green Garden- Reasons to Hire Professional Services…

Tapping into the Knowledge of a Lawn Care Professional

The battle to build lush, green gardens requires more than planting some flowers and moving along, even when the initial work is done by a lawn or garden professional. Simply, planning and planting a garden does not guarantee a manicured and beautiful backyard for years to come. Continued work is required.

Perennial blossoms and beautiful blooms come from regular maintenance. There are few shortcuts, but a lot of secrets when it comes to this maintenance. The best way to guarantee a backyard garden that will benefit your family and visitors down the road is to invest in a professional lawn care or garden service.

Decision to Hire a Lawn Care Professional

Some property owners find great joy in tending a backyard garden. There are entire books written on the health and mental benefits of gardening and the relaxation that comes from this outdoor work. However, most people do not have the interest or time for the immense care a garden requires.

If you do not have the green thumb needed to help your plants thrive year after year, the necessary maintenance of a garden should be handled by professional lawn care services. Often, delegating some or all of the gardening tasks is well worth the cost of these companies, and there is a level of skill and experience that most property owners do not possess especially when it comes to hedge trimming & maintenance.



Most of the gardening’s tricks are learned through trial and error. Other gardening techniques are learned through previous work with the same or similar plants. There are also articles and books that discuss the preferences and requirements of various backyard plants, flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Unlike most homeowners, experienced professionals will have the insight and knowledge to foster a particular plant or coax a failing plant back to life.

Even for those homeowners who prefer to do daily gardening on their own, certain gardening tasks are best left to professionals. These may include heavy lifting or significant improvements. For example, adding a water feature, installing or repairing an irrigation system, setting a new walkway, or doing the semiannual mulching of flower beds.

As well, if a particular plant or section of the garden appears to be struggling over a season or more, it is likely time to call a professional. A professional can assess what necessary nutrients or climate elements are lacking for those plants to thrive. Alternatively, most homeowners would become frustrated at the task of guessing and checking what these plants need.






Specific Knowledge of Lawn Care Services

 Lawn and garden professionals know the proper techniques and skills for cutting back, trimming, and pruning different plants. Regular trimming and pruning is required to maintain the beautiful nature of a backyard garden, and can also be required to keep a plant healthy. This applies in particular when it comes to trimming woody plants, such as shrubs.

 A professional knows how to confirm that roots are developing, plants are properly blossoming, and what to do if these important features are not growing as planned.

Long-Term Love from a Professional Gardener

A healthy and long-lasting garden requires patience and time. While it can be designed and planted in a single season, perennial plants, shrubs, and trees that form the basis for a lush garden require years to mature and develop. Therefore, in the first season, a gardener or garden professional must be diligent in maintenance and pay extra attention to the health of these plants.

Over the first few years, it is important to check that drainage, irrigation and sunlight are delivered in correct amounts to the plants in your garden. If there was a miscalculation or a particular plant is floundering, it might be time to try something different. Professionals understand this process and help homeowners navigate the fickle nature of individual plants and flowers.

Healthy lush garden

Learning from a Lawn Care Professional 

One of the biggest benefits of engaging a professional lawn care or gardening service is observing and learning the techniques they use. Homeowners can obtain a lot of information for the future by asking questions while gardeners and lawn care professionals are on the property.

If you have considered handling the majority of your garden and lawn care work on your own, it is worthwhile to learn from a professional what your specific plants require. These concerns may include how much water is necessary, how to trim and cut back plants, and when or whether to prepare for frost or other changes in the weather. Consequently, this will prevent loss of plants and flowers down the road.