The main purpose of a mezzanine floor is to increase floor space above ground rather than having to use additional floor space, which may be premium.
Often mezzanine floors are found in warehouses and factories to provide extra storage space or to create a new level for the processing, production or packaging of goods.
Installing a mezzanine floor can be a cost effective alternative to relocation and can also be designed and constructed to suit your bespoke requirements rather than having to search for the ideal property.
There are a few key points to consider before you start building or designing a mezzanine floor to avoid any complications and safety risks.
The Functionality of a Mezzanine Floor
It is important to consider how the mezzanine floor will be used and what its function will be. In most cases, a mezzanine floor design requires an access point where goods are to be loaded and unloaded from the higher level.
In areas where a good lifts can be installed, a mezzanine floor can have its loading access point connected to the lift entrance to allow for good to be easily handled. However in areas where ground floor space is limited and a goods lift is not an option, an open edge floor design can be used to incorporate a loading access point.
In this case, the location of the open edge needs to be designed in relation to the current workspace below. Enough room on the ground floor will be required for a fork lift truck to manoeuvre below while carrying goods and raise them up to the high level mezzanine platform without causing disruption.
With this in mind, it is often found that the open edge location is situated above and adjacent to a loading bay door or an area that allows factory vehicles to manoeuvre in and around. This will provide easy access to the mezzanine for efficient loading and handling.
Ensure a Safe Environment
The safety of employees is a priority. Because an employer is responsible for the health and safety of their employees, it is important to eliminate any risk of an accident especially falls from height when working on high level platforms.
At no point should an employee be exposed to an open edge. By installing railings, handrails and barriers an employer can eliminate any exposed edges and create a safe working environment while at height.
These protection barriers help protect the operatives using the mezzanine floor but also the people on the lower level below. If any goods or pallets happen to fall from height off of the mezzanine because there was no edge protection, this could potentially lead to an unwanted accident.
Load Safely with Pallet Gate Safety Barriers
Installing a pallet gate safety barrier onto a mezzanine floor will offer all round edge protection for operatives working on the mezzanine when loading and unloading at height.
When one side of the pallet gate barrier is open for the goods to be loaded into the gates’ loading bay from below, the other side of the gate acts as a safety barrier so operatives cannot fall off the edge.
While loading a pallet gate can be securely locked until the goods are ready to be handled. Then once the goods are ready to be moved on the mezzanine, the pallet gate can be unlocked and moved into its reverse position, where the operative can take the goods out of the loading bay, knowing there is full edge protection and 100% safety at height.
Pallet gates can play a key part within a warehouse environment not only for health and safety reasons but also for improved productivity and workplace efficiency. They are extremely easy to install, but can be removed and re-positioned elsewhere if the design of the mezzanine floor needed changing in the future.