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Our Thousand-Product Safety Story

Warehouse Safety

Ideal Warehouse Innovations manufactures and distributes a comprehensive line of products to deliver the highest standards of safety and protection. With an amazing arsenal of more than 1100 products from our innovative design lab and our network of top producers around the world, we stand for safety in loading dock, warehouse and manufacturing environments.

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Maintenance on warehouse rack locations includes regularly-scheduled cleaning. How do you safely and effectively access racks at height, or beyond one pallet deep, with power-operated cleaning tools? The answer is: from inside the MARC's engineered safe zone with its "power on board" feature. For cleaning warehouse racks and other maintenance needs inside the rack system, the MARC delivers 110-volt AC power right where it's needed for 2 hours or more (at 8 amps).

The key to creating an effective guardrail system that can withstand repeated impact (without requiring constant repairs) is in combining a flexible rail (available in 4m lengths that can be cut to size) with rebounding posts. This configuration absorbs and deflects the energy of an impact, protecting and minimizing damage to the forklift, the driver, the materials, and the guardrail itself.

While our ratchet-top jack has a number of great attributes (it's efficient and easy to position, for example), it's not recommended as a substitute for a trailer stand. It is designed and rated for maintenance operations and/or tire changes, not for preventing upending or tip-over during loading or offloading operations.

Landing gear collapse is one of the most dangerous and costly results of side-to-side trailer rocking caused by forklift activity during loading or offloading operations. The solution that creates a safe work environment is our newest and strongest trailer stand: the AutoStand Wide.

For a low traffic dock environment that handles heavy weights, we recommend the AutoStand for its strength and stability. Its 100,000 lb load capacity helps create a safer loading dock.

Our AutoStand and AutoStand Plus are a tried-and-true means to a safer loading dock. Both feature a design that permits crank-free installation (ergonomically faster and safer for your workers) using a gas-shock system. A great solution for high-traffic situations.

The latest addition to our family of trailer stand products is our shunt-truck installed unit that keeps dock workers out of harm's way and supports even the heaviest of trailers in busy environments. The easy to maneuver stand supports trailers at any height, on incline or decline, and even on damaged pavement.

A simple, budget conscious solution for lower-traffic docks can be found with our Two-Post Trailer Stand. This unit consists of 2 points of support, for strength and stability to guard against tip-over, on a single cart for easy deployment and retrieval. While it's easy to maneuver into place, it does take a few seconds longer to implement than some of our other products, so is not recommended for high traffic loading docks.

Both of our guardrail systems offer a visible deterrent to impacts, to protect walkways, equipment, materials and more. The one that's right for your warehouse is easily determined by the kind of risk: whether an impact is possible or likely. Where incidental impact is less likely to occur, our steel-in-concrete solution will meet your needs; where impact is likely to be a repeat occurrence, our flexible rebounding system is the right call.

In a busy warehouse environment, there's risk around every corner. Twisting, turning and darting forklifts. Busy, distracted workers and visitors. Expensive assets and warehoused goods. The potential for mishap is great. Strategically placed safety barriers are a smart addition to every warehouse, to protect pedestrian walkways, equipment and more.

Dock bumpers are the unsung heroes of safety. While they are rarely credited with protecting life and limb, they simply, and economically, absorb the relentless, repeated impacts of trucks docking. It's no small feat: preserving the integrity of the warehouse's structure, and preventing an incident that can shut down a loading dock for days.

Ideal Warehouse Innovations offers more than 500 SKUs of loading dock bumpers for sale from three warehouses across North America -- which means that we have the product you need in stock and ready to ship.

For a high traffic dock environment handling heavy loads, we recommend the AutoStand Plus jack stand. It is well-suited to a busy workplace since its self-levelling pad can be positioned in seconds; it is built to withstand the weight (100,000 lbs static load capacity) and stresses of a bustling loading dock.

A push back rack system has a great many benefits, and is overall a very efficient system, but it can present its challenges. For example, when there is a jam, no matter the cause, the result is out-of-service pallet positions. As our case study demonstrates, these jams can often create extremely dangerous situations for operators. The solution for this need to perform tasks within a push back racking structure is The MARC - an engineered anchor system that allows operators to move within the racks safely. No more man-handling spilled product or climbing among the racks without an approved anchor point. Watch this video to see The MARC in action!

If your loading dock suffers from the stresses of up and down trailer movement, our gliding steel face bumper is an ideal solution: it compresses to protect from impact and glides to resist surface abrasion. Our 5-year replacement warranty tells you it's the strongest impact protection you can buy.

For bumper protection of incidental impact areas that require a longer surface, our extruded dock bumpers are available in a range of lengths from 12" to 36", allowing the flexibility to create custom protection for your loading dock or inside the warehouse.

The right choice of trailer stand for your application can be made by determining two things: whether your dock experiences a high volume of traffic or not, and whether you require a heavyweight solution or not. No matter the answer, one of our four products will be perfectly suited to your needs.

Ideal Warehouse Innovations offers two permanent warehouse guardrail solutions and one system for installing a temporary barrier. The key difference between our permanently installed products is flexibility; that is, one is built from structural steel, while the other is designed to flex (and rebound) on impact. Both types of guardrail systems are easy to install, highly visible and very effective at protecting people and equipment.

How do you prevent unsafe climbing in high density rack systems? The MARC (Maintenance and Retrieval Cart) is loaded using standard material handling equipment and then inserts and locates into the rack system easily using integrated alignment guides. The MARC is an engineered 'safe zone' to access deep inside rack systems at height. The MARC creates safe access to spilled product, stuck pallets or push back trays. Watch this video for more information.

Ideal Warehouse Innovations is passionate about protecting people and profits through safety. Are you aware that the use of forklift safety cages is contrary to safe practices for accessing high density racking structures? Moreover, racking systems themselves are not designed for operator access. Nevertheless, there are many instances when it is necessary for your staff to perform tasks at height (and at depth within racks, as well) such as; man-handling stuck pallets or spilled product to clear jams, servicing the rack structure and other components at height, inspecting the structure and the products it contains, and more. All of these tasks are extremely dangerous, to both the operator performing the task and those on the ground, without benefit of an engineered anchor point, among other safety measures. The MARC is the engineered safe zone that eliminates unsafe entry into racking systems. Talk to us today about a product demonstration.

Whether you need warehouse guardrails and trailer jack stands to protect your people or loading dock bumpers and safety barriers to safeguard your equipment, we have a full spectrum of solutions to create a safer workplace. Call 1-866-828-6737 or email us at to discuss your needs.