Column Guards: Are They Necessary?
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.
Column guards are the common solution to protecting rack columns from possible collision damage.
How do column guards work?
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.