3 Ways to Build Safety into Your Warehouse

Picture this…

You walk into your warehouse, and it’s filled with pallet racks that go from floor to ceiling – from the front wall to the back wall. There are aisleways where forklift traffic is zipping back and forth. There are work cell areas built into the layout where employees are busy sorting and labeling. You also notice some high-value inventory that could afford to be protected, but you’ll worry about that tomorrow.

As usual, you head towards the back of the facility to find the person you’re looking for, but you get stopped along the way. Your shipping manager needs to tell you about some inventory that went missing and is nowhere to be found. You settle that predicament and keep walking. As you near the back of the facility, you watch one of your forklift drivers overestimate the rack landing and a pallet of boxes tumbles off the rack, barely missing another employee that was standing below.

Sound familiar?

Check out the top 3 easiest ways BeastWire Mesh can build safety into your warehouse:


1. BeastWire Mesh Rack Safety Panels

Wire mesh rack safety panels are a must-have in any warehouse or distribution facility. Our panels are constructed of 6- or 10-gauge wire welded in a 2” square mesh pattern and welded securely into a 1-1/4” x 1/8” thick full angle frame. The wire mesh allows for high visibility for inventory and is NFPA compliant, it won’t obstruct your sprinkler system. With the installation of BeastWire Mesh Rack Safety Panels, you can avoid pallets getting overestimated on the rack landings and often, damages to waterlines or other pipes that are mounted between pallet racks and exterior walls. When it comes to protecting your facility, you can relax because BeastWire meets the ANSI MH31.1-2019 standard which evaluates the strength and durability of steel mesh containment panels.

2. BeastWire Patented Grrripper Bracket

BeastWire Mesh Rack Safety panels attach to your existing uprights with either our patented Grrripper Bracket or the innovative L-shaped and Sleeve brackets. Our 3-, 6- and 12-inch brackets allow for offset adjustability, making product storage changes simple because you won’t need to buy new brackets. The Patented BeastWire Grrripper Bracket is the world’s first and only drop-in bracket. The pin drops into a tear-drop upright and won’t disengage from the rack upon impact when it’s installed correctly. The Grrripper Bracket saves time and money on the initial install.

3. BeastWire Mesh Doors

Still looking for an additional level of security for your warehouse? BeastWire Mesh pallet rack doors are great for the secured protection of high theft or combustible products on selective pallet rack. Our doors mount directly to the front of your uprights, as a cost-effective means to avoid purchasing independent doorposts. Most typically installed as bi-parting doors to cover beam lengths of 6’ to 12’ but can also be installed as single doors for smaller 4’ bays. All doors come equipped with a padlock hasp and can be installed in minutes.

If you’re tired of walking into your warehouse and getting pulled in twenty different directions because of safety concerns, let us help! Build safety into your warehouse design so that you can protect your employees, products and facility before an unfortunate accident happens.

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Driver Cage: The Smartest Way to Secure Your Warehouse


Recently the National B.E.A.S.T. Agency has had an increased number of reports of accidents and theft from warehouses under our jurisdiction due to the entrance of unauthorized personnel through unsecured facility entrances.

These incidents of concern have been preceded by guests wandering around the warehouse unaccompanied by staff, unsecured inventory stored near the perimeters, and doors being accidentally left unlocked overnight.


In order to curb this disturbing trend, the National B.E.A.S.T. Agency recommends the immediate installation of welded wire mesh cages inside of warehouse entrances. In particular warehouses with high traffic from drivers, delivery personnel, visitors, and other non-employees.

These wire mesh panel enclosures with security doors (a.k.a. “driver cage”) will help facilities prevent outsiders from entering the interior warehouse without authorization. These driver’s cages limit the opportunity for adverse events to occur.

Likewise, access cages at external doors enable staff to interact with visitors through service windows. Also, they allow for controlled entry via coded locks or remote control access.

In addition to providing added security for inventory, driver cage deters forklift and machinery accidents on the floor. Plus, they help protect the health and safety of everyone by enabling socially distant interaction.

Welded wire fencing is an adaptable, safe, and cost-effective security option for distribution centers, factory floors, shipping and receiving docks, and manufacturers.

The size and configuration of the driver cage can be modified as floor plans and needs change. These universal configurations enable the cages to grow with the company rather than being outgrown by it.

By including push bars on the security doors inside the facility, employees can utilize an easy, safe exit in the event of an emergency.  And, because the wire mesh allows visibility and ventilation, it does not require changing of HVAC, lighting, or sprinkler systems to install.

Driver cage is typically constructed with three sides that connect to a wall or door and can be configured for any size space.  Various connection, door, lock, and mesh options are available to customize access for individual facility needs.


Facilities who want to limit their liability for accidents and avert the theft of equipment, inventory, and sensitive information should consult with the National B.E.A.S.T. Agency as soon as possible. We are available to discuss how welded wire mesh protection can enhance your physical security plans.


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Episode 13: Risk Assessments and Food Safety

This week’s interview discusses risk assessments and food safety with John Costello, President of Cherry’s Industrial Equipment. John explains how their industry has changed in the past 5-10 years, and what he expects, moving forward with things such as automation. We discuss what is involved in completing a risk assessment and when they’re necessary. Tune in to learn more about light curtains, stored energy, pinch points, and more. In the United States, it is still up to the purchaser, not the machine builder, to safely guard the equipment. John mentions that there has been a big push in recent years to get EHS managers involved in the purchases from the start.

During COVID, food safety has become a challenging task. John explains what businesses in packaged foods, bakery, meat processing, and frozen food industries are doing to keep food safe right now. He talks about how these companies are considering closed loop systems to keep their facilities as sanitary as possible and ways to increase productivity with fewer employees and increased social distancing. Listen in to hear about the challenges that John foresees his customers facing in the next 5-10 years with automation and robotics, labor shortages, and more. To conclude the interview, we discuss the different ways that Cherry’s Industrial Equipment is adapting to meet their customers’ future demands.

Listen to Episode 13 below:

  • Risk assessments and the process to complete them
  • Specific regulations to be aware of
  • Food safety challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Future challenges with automation, labor shortages and more
  • Ways to adapt to meet customer demands

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Episode 12: Creating a Safer Work Environment

This week, Josh Smith, President at Wholesale Pallet Rack Products (WPRP), joins me to discuss how he has successfully created a safer work environment for his employees and customers throughout the past 6-8 months of the pandemic. Josh discusses changes that they’ve made to the office environment and the warehouse. A particular item we discuss is the BeastWire Mesh Driver’s Cage that he has installed in their warehouse. This has allowed them to increase their security measures and keep people from wandering through their facility. Listen to the interview to learn how everything is working out for WPRP and what feedback Josh has received from employees. One of the biggest difficulties through all of this has been creating a safe environment that could remain open 100% of the time. When will you know if what you’re doing for your organization is safe enough for your employees to feel comfortable at work again?

Listen to Episode 12 below:

  • Biggest safety concerns as a manufacture and wholesaler
  • How to create a handsfree facility
  • Receiving employee feedback and how to reward it
  • Determining when to allow visitors into your facility
  • Recognizing when your facility is safe enough

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Top 3 Safety Applications for Warehouse Security Cages

SpaceGuard Products is committed to helping businesses keep their employees and facilities safe. June is National Safety Month. Our warehouse security cages, or as they are typically called—drivers access cages, not only provide security and safety for your employees, but for your facility and inventory.

1. Control Access Doors—Drivers access cages protect your employees and manufacturing warehouse by limiting access to truck drivers or guests. Drivers cages provide secure building access by preventing unauthorized personnel from entering your facility through an unlocked entrance, such as in the dock area.

Also, these cages can come equipped with service windows to provide guests a counter to sign and pick up paperwork limiting interaction with your employees.

Other options include adding a roof, two- or three-sided cages, panic bar doors, and various locking alternatives, such as key and keyless entry, push-button code entry, and badge entry.

2. Manage Employee Safety—By utilizing these wire mesh access cages throughout your facility, in areas such as forklift paths or welding areas, you can help prevent potentially hazardous accidents from happening to your employees or guests.

3. Protect Valuable Inventory—Limiting unauthorized personnel from roaming your facility, protects your valuable inventory from accidentally “walking off.” Also, tool cages or cribs provide an additional security level to protect your tools, inventory, and other assets from theft.

Don’t forget to ask about our Quick-Ship program. After signed approval drawings, most standard FordLogan and BeastWire Mesh products ship within 3-5 business days.

Call Customer Service for a quick quote and more information. We are happy to assist you as quickly as we can. 1-800-841-0680

Also, throughout the month of June, we will feature additional safety products. Next up…Rack Safety Panels. Learn how to prevent fire damage and stay NFPA compliant!

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