Category Archives: Homeowner’s Association

Rack Safety

Ensuring Rack Safety in Warehouses: 3 Key Considerations

A warehouse that uses racks to store its items has to be vigilant about using them safely. Rack collapses can cause serious injury as well as property damage. Here are three important considerations for managers about how to prevent rack collapses.

1. Leave Sufficient Aisle Space

Leaving ample space between racks is a fundamental part of preventing rack collapses. The space between racks needs to be wide enough for people and equipment to pass through with ease. If there isn’t enough clearance to pivot and turn easily, one false move can send a rack crashing down. In addition, insufficient space could create a domino effect if one rack falls.

2. Don’t Overload

Even if it looks like there’s enough space on a rack to store a large number of items, the weight of the items may be more than the structure was intended to support. Be mindful about weight rather than paying attention only to volume, and don’t attempt to exceed a rack’s specified weight capacity.

3. Don’t Top-Load

If the top shelves of a rack are fully loaded but the bottom shelves are overloaded, a rack can easily become unbalanced. Avoid a precarious distribution of materials by making sure that racks containing the most items are nearest the bottom. Ideally, weight should be evenly distributed throughout a rack.


Homeowners Rights

Legal Rights in an HOA Community

Moving into a community with an acting homeowner’s association (HOA) is something to consider any time you are faced with relocating. For the most part, monthly dues provide positive oversight of the neighborhood. However, sometimes HOAs can stray from neutrality and attempt to assert policies that aren’t in the bylaws. This is why it is important to understand homeowners rights in HOA communities.

1. Enforcing Rules Unequally

If an HOA is going to enforce any regulations, they must be documented and provided in the covenants beforehand. And even if they are, the association can’t fine one homeowner for an infraction and then allow their neighbor to slide for breaking the same rule.

2. Discriminating

As explained by kdisonline.com, the Fair Housing Act prevents HOAs from fining, banning, or preventing the residency of a person based on race, religion or any other protected status. Though it seems like common sense, there are cases where the issue was pressed and an HOA found themselves in the courtroom.

3. Bucking Federal Laws

No board member or association is going to win a battle with a federal law or entity. One example of this relates to the installation of a satellite dish. An FCC act passed in 1996 essentially prohibits an HOA from demanding you take down your dish or otherwise prevent it from being installed.