When more than one layer of poles is transported, the tips and butts can be alternated in successive layers to provide the best load configuration.
Whenever poles of varying lengths are transported, the longer poles should be placed in the lowest layers. Shorter poles should be supported on wooden bearers and spaced according to the pole lengths. Completed loads should be firmly secured with chains to prevent any shifting during transit. Material such as conveyor belting should be used to protect pole edges from chain damage and a suitable means of tightening the chains should be provided.
If any part of the load is not properly secured, the vehicle carrying the load must not be moved and, wherever possible, it should be positioned to prevent a cross fall from causing the load to shift. If a cross fall cannot be avoided, the upper layers must be unloaded first. At all stages of loading, transportation or unloading, care should be taken to avoid any impact which will damage the poles.
Dropping or knocking the poles together can cause serious damage, as can point loading. When unloading poles by crane on site, a single-point lift may be used. When lifting a pole with a two-point lift, the lifting points should be a quarter length in from both ends. When lifting the pole for insertion purposes, a one-point lift must be used and the lifting point should be a third of a length in from the pole tip (top of the pole). To guard against localised abrasion at the lifting point, a protective timber beam about 0.5m long, and canvas wrapping or jute bagging must be lashed to the pole under the lifting chain or sling. Alternatively a fabric sling may be used.