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Allstates Containers shipping containersShipping containers are designed to be moved quickly and fit securely on top of one another. Most can be stacked up to nine containers high as the containers’ corners are reinforced to distribute the weight evenly. This method ensures that all containers stay in place and do not buckle while stacked.

Though shipping containers are relatively easy and safe to stack, there are still many precautions that you must take while stacking. Safety should always be the top priority.

Safely Stacking Shipping Containers

Ensuring that the construction site is prepared correctly is always an essential first step to providing a safe and easy stacking process. Service techs should manage the stacking of the containers. A crane is often used to place and secure the containers correctly.

Cranes operated by an experienced operator are typically the safest option when stacking containers. Straps are placed at each corner of the container, and they are securely lifted and placed in the intended position. On other occasions, a forklift may be used to help stack the containers. Any forklift used in the stacking of containers must be rated to suitably hold the containers’ weight, and as with the crane, they must be operated by an experienced operator. Forklifts are more commonly used when the containers are not stacked more than three high, or they have to be moved frequently.

Securing the Shipping Containers

When constructing the multi-level container structure, it is required to anchor the base of the structure. This requirement ensures that the system is strong and secure. Once the bottom level is stable, the rest of the containers can be stacked. It’s at this point when a locking system becomes especially helpful. Connecting the structure from the ground up ensures structural integrity.

Final Steps To Take When Securing Containers

Once the containers have been locked together, any crew working inside the containers will know they are working in a safe structure. Depending on how the containers will be used, sealing them may be the next step. Doing this is simple; it requires caulking the seams. The caulk ensures that no water enters the container and provides additional strength to the structure.

After the caulking is adequately finished, flashing and a roof cap can be added to the container structure to deflect rainwater and snow. Once these steps have been completed in stacking and securing the structure, any further construction can be completed.

AllStates Containers

Do you need a storage container? Or extra office space? Allstates Containers can help you plan and deliver the shipping containers you need. Call us at 704-802-7700 and see what we can do for your business.