Avoid the use of chains or hard ropes that might damage the edges of beams. When lifting, ensure the beams are evenly supported and use fabric slings properly secured to prevent any slipping. Avoid any  sudden movements when lifting. Be careful not to handle and lift long beams on their weak axis – flat, as they are designed to act as a beam not a plank. Remember these are pre-finished members and a lack of care during storage and installation will affect the finished appearance.