As a leading provider of stillages and cages, Lowe Stillages and Cages recognises the importance of safety and compliance in all aspects of their use. One critical area that we want to shed light on is the stacking and storage of stillages. Stacking stillages correctly isn’t just about maximising storage space; it’s also a significant factor in preventing workplace accidents and ensuring compliance with regulations. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) provide guidelines on this matter, and we’re here to break down five essential points on how these regulations impact the safe stacking and storage of stillages.
Maximum Stacking Heights
LOLER regulations give clear guidelines on the maximum stacking heights for stillages. These rules aim to maintain stability and prevent accidents from toppling stacks. It is crucial to adhere to these height guidelines not just to comply with LOLER but also to minimise risks associated with instability during storage and handling.
Secure Stacking Methods
Just stacking stillages isn’t enough; they must be stacked securely. A significant part of LOLER regulations involves implementing secure stacking methods. Ensuring proper alignment and interlocking of stillages is critical to maintain stability and prevent them from shifting, falling, or becoming dislodged.
Weight Distribution Considerations
The weight distribution within each stillage and the overall stack plays a vital role in maintaining stability. While stacking stillages, pay attention to the weight distribution to prevent top-heavy stacks that could pose safety risks.
Clear Aisles and Access Points
The importance of maintaining clear aisles and access points around stacked stillages cannot be overstated. A safe work environment involves ensuring that stillages are positioned in a way that allows safe access for operators. Care should be taken to prevent hazards such as blocked emergency exits or obstructed walkways.
Regular Inspection and Maintenance
Safety doesn’t stop at stacking; regular inspection and maintenance of stacked stillages are equally important. Inspect the stacks regularly to identify any signs of wear, damage, or structural issues. Any identified issues should be addressed promptly through repairs or replacements to maintain the integrity of the stack.
Adhering to these points helps ensure the safe stacking and storage of stillages in compliance with LOLER regulations. At Lowe Stillages and Cages, we are dedicated to promoting safe practices that contribute to a well-organised and safe storage environment. We believe that safety and efficiency go hand in hand, and we’re committed to helping you achieve both.