Safety procedures and protocols aside, accidents happen in life. And they happen quite frequently, with no inkling and warning. This is why it’s best to always be prepared for when incidents of this sort happen—as when you find yourself in danger of being flattened by a falling rack.
Have no idea what to do? Here are a few steps to help you out:
1. Investigate what happened
True, even the most durable warehouse racking system on the planet could topple down, whether by design or accident. However, you have to find out if whatever happened was a result of long-term damage because the rack hasn’t been inspected duly and thoroughly or if it was just the result of something external—maybe there was too much load on side and none on the other to balance it out. For whatever reason it happened, make sure you find out so you can take measures to stop it from happening again in the future.
2. Keep your wits about you
Being in full command of your faculties allows you to be more clearheaded. Don’t let panic stop you in your tracks or paralyze you from taking action that could save your life. There’s no telling the kind of damage a warehouse rack might result into. Best not to find out.
3. Assess the situation and choose an action
How tall is the rack? Can you redirect it? If the rack is not more than 6 or 7 feet high, you might be able to push it to the side—that is, of course, dependent on what the shelves contain. If the load is too heavy though, don’t attempt this anymore. Can you predict where it’ll fall? If you do, then go to the opposite direction.
4. Be quick on your feet
Step, dash, roll—do whatever you have to do to be able to get to the side—or safe area—quickly enough. Make sure to protect your head when you roll. There might be a lot of clutter that could spill over to the side from the contents of the shelves on the rack. If you don’t protect your head, you could roll right into metal, plugs or worse, glass.
5. Call for help
After you’ve made sure that you’re fine, that there are no outward signs of injury— no bleeding, no bumps on your head—that all you have are scratches, then ask for assistance.