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 General Handling:
Polyethylene is a resilient material, lightweight and easy to handle. Nonetheless, care should be taken not to cause scuffing or gouging of the surface. In addition to the guidelines set out here, the handling and storage of PE pipe is covered by codes of practice issued by various utilities (eg. the WRc manual for PE pipe systems for water supply)
 Loading & Off-loading Lengths and bundles:
A flat-bed vehicle, free from sharp objects and projections should be used for transportation of pipe systems. When lifting pipe bundles by crane, wideband slings should be used; do not use chains, hooks or hawsers. For lengths greater than six metres, load-spreading beams should be inserted at equal distances apart.
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Allow for a certain amount of deflection or slight bending of pipe undles when loading or unloading. Standard six metre bundles may be handled by forklift, but longer lengths should be moved by a side-loader with a minimum of four supporting forks or by a crane with a sperader beam. Individual lengths should be handled similarly.
Off-loading on site will be eased by skid timbers and rope slings.
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Small coils of pipe strapped on to pallets are easily handled by forklift. Larger coils of 125mm or 180mm pipe will require lifting individually by forklift
 Releasing coils:
Safety first:
Pipe held in coils is under tension and is strapped accordingly. These may be hazardous if released in the incorrect manner - particularly if the end of the pipe is not kept restrained at all times. It is most important to read and understand the following guidelines before attempting to release coils. Further advice and guidance is available from our Technical Services Department. Coils are secured by one of tow
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Methods depending on the pipe's diameter:

Outer bands with additional strapping of individual layers.
  Do not remove any of these bands until pipe is required for use. Remove them carefully, from the outermost layer first, so that only the length of pipe needed immediately is released. Successive layers can be released by removing banding as the pipe is drawn away from the coil.
Wrapped coils of pipe of 32mm and below have external layers of filmwrap, enabling the free end of the pipe to be taken from inside the coil. Take only sufficient pipe for immediate use from the coil and on no account remove the outer wrapping until the coil is almost fully unwound.
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Drums are delivered direct to site on a low loader and the pipe is usually dispensed from the drum by pulling off with a machine such as a JCB. The inner end of the pipe is restrained at the hub of the drum, and although drummed pipe has less energy locked into it than coils, caution is requird when parting the pipe end from the drum. For safety, we recommend that the end of the pipe should be tethered to the dispensing machine when it is unhooked from the drum. This will prevent potentially dangerous springing.
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Never use hooks to lift fittings. Make sure that the tines on forklift trucks are adequately covered (eg. by scrap PE pipe offcuts).
Badly stacked pallets, coils or bundles may silp or collapse, causing injury to personnel or damage to the pipe. Pipe-end caps, intended to prevent ingress of contamination, should be kept in place during storage.
Pipe lengths stored individually should be stacked in a pyramid not more than one metre high, with the bottom layer fully restrained by wedges. Where possible, the bottom layer of pipes should be laid on timber battens at one-metre centres. On site, pipes may be laid out individually in strings. (Where appropriate, protective barriers should be placed with adequate warning signs and lamps.)
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