Wire Rope Safety Checks

The steel wire ropes that Rope Services Direct produce are extremely sturdy, robust, and reliable, and therefore maintain a high level of efficiency. The way in which they are manufactured results in a rope that is comprised of many different metal wires and strands interwoven with each other to create one solid rope. However, as with any rope, the wires can become subject to damage, deformation, and deterioration through stress, over-use or corrosive agents. We examine below the safety checks that you should have in place for your steel ropes. 

Safety – Rigorous Testing

We rigorously test each and every one of our products that we manufacture before it ever leaves our facility, so you can rest assured that your products are safe. Rope however is subject to intense stress due to the heavy loads lifted so it’s important to carry out regular safety checks.

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We use expert manufacturing processes and rigorous testing methods  

Inspecting the Safety of Your Equipment

Before using your rope, ensure that you conduct a thorough visual inspection throughout for any damage, kinks, stress or corrosion. Remember that the equipment is comprised of many different strands, and it may be that strands have broken internally rather than externally, so be sure to look carefully. Untangling or untwisting your equipment should not be necessary.  

We recommend regular inspections and maintenance, and we are more than happy to provide this service for you. Please get in contact with us here if you would like us to carry out a detailed inspection.

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Corrosion of the lifting medium

What to do if you Notice a Broken Rope

If you notice broken wires or strands within your rope, please destroy and discard of it immediately. Take steps to prevent the reoccurrence of this in the future, such as by checking that you have the correct equipment for the task at hand and that you are using the appropriate end termination. Get in touch with one of our team if you aren’t sure which is the right product for you to use.

Follow these safety tips, and never:

  • Attempt to shorten your material by knotting it
  • Drag your material over abrasive surfaces
  • Use rope in extreme temperatures without consulting us first
  • Continue to use ropes which have clear signs of damage or corrosion

Your equipment will likely need to be replaced from time to time, but correct usage and regular safety checks will ensure that you prolong the life of your lifting medium for as long as possible.

Contacting Wire Rope Direct for advice

Safety is of paramount importance to us here at Rope Services Direct, so call us now on 01384 78004 or complete our contact form instead for an early reply.



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