Pipes are heavy objects and care should be taken to ensure that the quality of pipes is not impaired during handling. When fork lift trucks are used for unloading pipes, ensure that the fork blades do not damage the pipe or external protection. Lift the bundles one by one using slings which surround the load and not by means of their retaining straps. When cranes are used for off-loading individual pipes, slings or lifting beams, the purpose designed padded hooks should always be used. Under no circumstances should the wire ropes, chains, unpadded metal hooks or lifting hooks to be used directly in contact with the pipe. Smaller sizes up to DN 400 can be fitted with wide fabric slings.
Where a crane is not available and if the mass permits (normally up to DN 250) then individual pipes should be off-loaded by rolling them down a ramp made of timber skids extending from the vehicle side to the ground. Suitable steadying ropes should be used to prevent the pipes from rolling down at excessive speed and striking other pipes or objects on the ground.
Important - Never let the pipe fall on the floor, even if it is over tires or sand.