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Loading and unloading pipe by long arm forklift and rope

In various industries, the transportation and handling of pipes are common tasks. Loading and unloading pipes require careful planning and the use of appropriate equipment to ensure safety and efficiency. One method that has proven effective is the utilization of a long arm forklift in conjunction with ropes. This article explores the benefits and considerations of using a long arm forklift and rope for loading and unloading pipes.

The Long Arm Forklift Advantage

A long arm forklift, also known as an extended reach forklift, is specifically designed to handle heavy and oversized loads. Its extended arm allows for greater reach and flexibility, making it ideal for loading and unloading long pipes. Here are some advantages of using a long arm forklift:

Increased Reach: The extended arm of a long arm forklift enables operators to reach pipes that are further away, reducing the need for manual handling or additional equipment.

Enhanced Stability: Long arm forklifts have a counterweight system that provides stability when lifting and moving heavy pipes. This ensures safer operations and minimizes the risk of accidents.

Versatility: Long arm forklifts can be equipped with various attachments, such as pipe clamps or forks with adjustable width, allowing for secure and efficient handling of different pipe sizes and shapes.


Utilizing Rope for Added Security

While the long arm forklift provides the primary lifting mechanism, ropes play a crucial role in ensuring the stability and safety of the load. Here’s how ropes can be utilized effectively:

Securing the Load: Before lifting the pipes, ropes can be strategically attached to provide additional support and prevent any unwanted movement during transportation. This helps to minimize the risk of damage or accidents.

Balancing the Load: Properly attaching ropes to different sections of the pipe can help distribute the weight evenly, maintaining balance and stability throughout the loading and unloading process.

Guiding the Load: Ropes can be used to guide the pipes into position during loading or unloading, ensuring precise placement and minimizing the chance of collisions or mishaps.


Considerations and Safety Measures

Loading and Transportation Procedure
This specification sets out requirements for the handling, transporting,
stacking and storing and inventory control of coated or uncoated fittings,
steel profile and related equipment. It applies to all such activities from the
time the pipe or related equipment is loaded at the inspection facility and
unloaded at the Work site

  1. Fittings should always be handled in a safe organized manner ensuring no
    damage is sustained by the pipe and all safety precautions are implemented
    preventing personnel injury.
  2. Upon delivery check documentation matches pipe for type and quantity.
  3. Visually check the pipe has no obvious damage sustained during
  4. Ensure all protectors are securely in place and have no damage.
  5. If damage has been caused to the pipe or connections, the pipe should be
    clearly identified /labeled, and set aside for further examination.
  6. Only move the pipe when the correct thread protectors have been securely
    installed. Ensure all relevant precautions are taken to avoid damage to either
    pipe body or connections.
  7. Only use protectors that correspond to the threaded pin / box ends.
  8. Coated line pipe shall be handled at all times with best quality wide, nonabrasive belts or vacuum lifting equipment. The use of ropes and wires is
  9. Do not use end hooks other than with correctly fitted lift-able thread
    protectors installed.
  10. For all steel grades: stack pipe on wooden or plastic batons and avoid
    contact between pipe bodies by aligning at least three rows of wooden
    spacers Perpendicular to the length of the pipe between layers.
  11. Stack pipe so as to avoid any bending during storage.
  12. Ensure the stack is at least 100 cm above the ground to protect them
    from moisture.
  13. Use bumper rings for pipe with flush and / or near flush connections to
    prevent end damage.
  14. Segregate pipe ensuring grade and / or weight are not mixed in the stack.
  15. Ensure there are adequate ground support piers, evenly spaced to prevent
    pipe sag.
  16. When transporting pipe by truck ensure pipe has correct protectors
    securely installed.
  17. Load pipe onto truck with all box connections toward the headboard.
  18. Ensure pipe is loaded onto wooden bolsters and secured with soft straps
    to prevent movement in transit.
  19. Good handling and racking practices minimize repair costs and ensures
    pipe is in optimal condition when used.
  20. Implement a robust periodic inspection and maintenance schedule for all
    stored pipe.
  21. Periodically inspect 10% of the stored connections to ensure integrity.
     Check condition of storage compound and re-apply if necessary.
     Visually verify condition of pipe bodies and traceability.
     Check condition and fit of protectors.
  22.  Ensure there has been no water ingress to pipe bores.
  23.  If more than 2% of the sampled connections are found to have
  24. damage, good practice is to conduct
  25.  Inspection on a further 10% of the stored pipe. If further damage is
  26. found within the second sample it is
  27.  Suggested the whole stack of pipe should be inspected

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