COP:site-practice; handling

12.3 Handling 

It is important that due care is taken at all stages from manufacture, transport, handling, storage, installation, and final fixing to ensure that performance specifications are not impaired by damage.

The maximum bundle, weight, and sizes of sheet that can be safely and satisfactorily handled on site should be ascertained before the consignment is sent. Lifting booms should be used when lifting long length cladding using taglines for guidance.

Sheets should not be dragged either from the pile or over eaves or purlins, and each sheet from the stack should be turned and lifted directly onto the roof.

Sheets longer than 3 m should be handled by two people and carried on edge to avoid buckling.

The packs must not be tipped or slid from the deck of the truck, and sheets must be stored away from areas where people may walk across them.
Soft soled shoes must be worn when fixing roof cladding to provide safe handling and to prevent damage to the coating.
Contact must be prevented between the cladding and any dirt, soil, cement, lime, concrete, mortar and other damaging substances.