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Transport Handling and Storage

Cladco Profiles takes the safety of both its staff and customers very seriously. As many of the materials we deliver are large, heavy and can be sharp, it’s important that we ensure all these goods are being handled safely, so as not to cause damage to either party. Cladco Profiles does not accept liability for any damage caused while offloading.

All materials arriving on-site should be checked before they are offloaded from our vehicles. Use both the order and delivery notes to ensure all items are received in the correct quantities and lengths and if you spot a discrepancy, please ensure you record this immediately on the relevant delivery notes and notify Cladco Profiles as soon as possible.

Offloading Safely

There is guidance online at www.hse.gov.uk regarding safe methods of loading and unloading vehicles.

Our vehicles will not deliver where access is unreasonable or limited, or there is a likelihood of damage to the vehicle or surrounding property.

If you are insured and qualified to do so, we recommend using a forklift or telehandler to unload your items. When using machinery, care must be taken to avoid tipping sheet packs or damaging the bottom panels, especially when using a forklift or driving on uneven ground and be sure to open the forks fully before lifting any items. It can be helpful to mark the midpoint of a pack to assist when unloading.

When offloading manually, please ensure the appropriate operatives are on-hand to provide assistance; they should be wearing the correct personal protective equipment, including adequate clothing, gloves and footwear. Offloading is the customer’s responsibility, and our drivers can and will decline unreasonable requests to unload. For example, we reserve the right to decline to unload alone, walking long distances with sheets or unloading sheets into awkward entrances.

Wherever possible, goods should be offloaded to the area where they will be used. This reduces the risk of on-site damage and will ensure you keep your sheeting in perfect condition before use. We recommend that all sheet packs be stored flat on level ground across timber bearers and should never be stacked more than two packs high, There should be adequate separation between packs to provide access and avoid any damage during access. Do not store sheets under heavy materials or in areas where people may walk across them.

Safe Sheet Storage

Do not leave uncovered packs in the open, as water drawn into sheet packs can cause staining of the sheeting and ruin the colour coating. Ensure you store all sheets undercover and as far away from open doorways as possible to avoid moisture penetration.

If packs cannot be stored indoors, erect a simple cover with a waterproof sheet, allowing space between the cover and the packs to allow air to circulate freely. Keep packs off the ground on a slope at all times. This way, any rain that may seep through the cover and into your items will drain away freely.

Ensure you inspect the storage site regularly for any moisture in the sheet packs. If sheets do become wet, separate and wipe clean before stacking to allow the air to flow through and dry them completely.

For any advice regarding the safe handling and storage of your goods, please feel free to contact Cladco Profiles today.