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Column Guards: Are They Necessary?

Column Guards Installed By HIS Installation, Inc.A lot of buyers of rack systems don’t take into consideration one important component.

Column guards.

I know, I know. You’re thinking “Come on, really? I mean rack is made of steel, right?”

Well, yes. Rack systems are generally made of steel. However, as shown below, upright columns are often struck by lift trucks directly or by the loads (loaded pallets, drums, reels, bundles of raw material, etc) being carried by the lift trucks.


Damaged Column - Call HIS Installation today!

Column guards are the common solution to protecting rack columns from possible collision damage.

How do column guards work?

Column Guard Designed By Ridg-U-Rak

Column guards are often installed in front of each exposed rack column to attempt to minimize the damage to the rack columns. As shown here, most have an angled front to divert the oncoming fork or load to reduce the risk of damage.

Column guards are normally made of heavy-gauge structural steel allowing for increased “blow” absorption. Some incorporated a 4 or 6-anchor design providing even greater support.

You either already have or are about to invest a fair amount money into your rack storage system. Why not protect that investment with cost-efficient protection, that’s right…with column guards.

Visit the HIS Installation website for more information or just give us a call (770-478-4506). We’d be happy to assist you.

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