Working Safely with Pipe

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Pipes can be awkward to handle. They are hard to balance and have a tendency to roll. The following are some tips to help you work safely with pipe:

  • Stay clear of moving pipe. Although it may be tempting to jump over it as it approaches you, it’s a dangerous game.
  • Lift pipe using proper lifting techniques.
  • Be aware of moving pipe above you and beside you. Pipes can swing a wide and dangerous arc. If pipe slips in a sling, one end can drop and hit you.
  • When transporting pipe on two-wheeled trailers, place a wooden strip or piece of belting across the bolsters before loading it. This makes it easier to tighten the ropes that keep the pipes from slipping.
  • When moving pipe in a sling, make sure it’s balanced so it won’t slip out when raised.
  • Wear gloves when working with pipe and be sure to keep your hands on the outside of the pipe when guiding it to protect your fingers.
  • If doing a two-person lift, keep each other informed of what you’re going to do next. You can injure your partner by dropping your end of the pipe unexpectedly or by not lifting at the same time as your partner.
  • Store pipe with timbers or beams between each layer and tie them down securely.

KEMI does not assume liability for the content of information contained herein. Safety and health remain your responsibility. This information is to be used for informational purposes only and not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for proper training, supervision or manufacturers’ instructions/recommendations. KEMI, by publication of this information, does not assume liability for damage or injury arising from reliance upon it. Compliance with this information is not a guarantee or warranty that you will be in conformity with any laws or regulations nor does it ensure the absolute safety of any person, place or object, including, but not limited to, you, your occupation, employees, customers or place of business.