Wire ropes are known for their strength and durability. This is what makes them the standard for several industries. However, through wear and tear, these ropes will still deteriorate and break down eventually. Therefore, it’s the wire rope operator’s responsibility to inspect the wire rope regularly. Continue reading for the guidelines when inspecting wire ropes.
Inspecting Wire Ropes
When it comes to inspecting wire ropes, specific guidelines must be followed. While inspections are time-consuming, they’re essential for minimizing potential damages and hazards. According to OSHA and ASME, only authorized professionals should be allowed to conduct wire rope inspections. Proper wire rope inspections should follow these guidelines:
- Make sure all parts of the sling are visible. Lay the sling out, so that every piece is accessible.
- Clean dirt and debris from wires to make visual inspections easier. The best tools for this are wire brushes and rags.
- Be sure to give the rope a thorough, systematic examination, inspecting its entire length. While doing this, make sure to pay special attention to sections that show the most wear.
- Pay attention to end attachments and fittings, as well as sections of the sling that are adjacent to the fittings.
- Make sure to label and identify slings that are inspected.
- Dispose of rejected rope immediately.
Ask the Professionals
Caring for wire rope is imperative no matter which industry utilizes the rope. At Silver State Wire Rope and Rigging, we can ensure your inspections are done correctly. Contact us for more information.