Wire ropes are often used in scaffolding, and like the rest of your scaffold system, they require frequent inspections and maintenance to keep them in good condition. Using wire ropes that have deteriorated is dangerous to all workers on a job site.
Wire ropes should be inspected every day for signs of rusting, corrosion, kinking, and abrasions, as well as signs of chemical, electricity, or heat exposure. If you’re using a sandblaster on the job site, look for signs of damage caused by it. You should also keep careful records of the inspections that note any signs of issues you see. This can help you track whether damage is getting worse. Any rope that has multiple areas of damage should be replaced.
Scaffold Resource in Washington, D.C., offers both scaffold rentals and full support to help you use them safely. We’re here to answer your questions about getting the right scaffolding for your project and creating safe job sites. Call (301) 924-7223 to learn more.