Have you ever struggled with a solution to protect your pallet racking because the footplates are wider than the upright? Most pallet rack uprights are 3’’ x 3’’ columns with a base plate that is set inside the upright. The most standard solution for this is to put a 12’’ high post protector in front of the upright. The inside opening is usually 4-4.5’’ wide so that it wraps around the sides of the upright. (insert image or link)
What happens if the footplate is wider than the upright? In some geographic areas the probability that an earthquake can occur is higher than others. If the probability is high enough, that area is considered seismic. The most common seismic areas in the United States are on the West Coast. In these areas, the rule for pallet racking is to have a “seismic” base plate to add extra stability. The most common seismic base plate is a 5’’ deep x 8’’ wide base plate. Since the base plate is 8’’ wide a standard post protector will not fit around it. Here are a few options on how to protect it.
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