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Handling Pipes and Other Linear Products

Before lifting any items, consider what the task is and what you are lifting


Do you need to lift the load?

• It may be there is mechanical handling equipment that you could use instead.
• Can the delivery vehicle move closer to the area you need the stock in?
• Can the load be pivoted and lowered or dragged?

Individual abilities

• Can you physically lift the load?
• Is anyone available to help you?
• What Personal Protective Equipment do you need to wear?

The load itself

What does it weigh? How long is it? What is it made of?  is it sharp? Where is the centre of gravity? All of these factors will have an impact on how you handle the load. It may be the load is too thick for you to be physically grip or too long to grip.


What is the ground surface like? Is it raining? Is it dark? Linear products can be heavy and you should make sure that it you’re carrying them that the route is clear.

When Lifting:

• Place your feet apart with one leg slightly forward close to the load.
• Make sure you are facing in the direction you intend to travel.
• Grasp the load firmly and do not jerk!
• Do not twist your trunk when turning to the side - always turn by moving your feet.
• Always hug the load close to your body with the heaviest side nearest your body.
• Avoid twisting your back or leaning sideways, especially when your back is bent.
• Put the load down first, and then adjust it into position if necessary.

Team Lifting:

• Plan ahead - talk through the move (who holds what, where) prior to the lift.
• Decide who is going to lead.

Lifting with Slings

• Slings and other lifting accessories must be visually inspected on each occasion before use.
• Ensure all hooks are not distorted and safety catches are in good working order.
• Ropes, string, straps and banding, etc must never be used for the lifting of loads.
• Do not rest loads on the slings.
• Chains, slings and hooks should not be dragged along the ground or vehicle beds, etc.
• Keep slings dry and free from oil and grease.
• Do not store flat webbing slings in strong sunlight as this will degrade the material.
• Always store slings in a tidy manner - hung on a peg, clear of the ground.
• Keep well clear of slung loads until the load has settled.
• Never attempt to shorten, knot, tie, twist or cross a webbing sling.
• Never exceed the safe working load (S.W.L.) of any lifting equipment.
• Never use slings around sharp edges - use suitable packing.