Methods for unloading reinforcing bars vary with the type of structure and the position and means of access to the site. The bars should be unloaded at a place where it is convenient to cut, bend or store them. Bars delivered to the site can be unloaded by hand, as near as possible to the storage area, to avoid having to carry the bars through long distances.
Bars should be stacked over timber sleepers, such that different lengths and sizes can be identified easily. Bars can also be stacked vertically or in tiers in racks, if the site has limited space. When storing in open areas, lime or cement coats are normally applied over reinforcing bars to avoid rusting due to aggressive atmospheres.