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Wire Rope Safety

Jennifer Pasek
Elevating American Industry, Whiting Services

In an industry where safety is top priority, Whiting Corporation’s trained personnel are knowledgeable in identifying workplace safety hazards. Proper inspection of Wire Rope used on Hoists can avoid injuries or even fatalities in the workplace. Regular inspection of wire rope is crucial because these accidents tend to be unpredictable. Degradation of the rope can cause a sudden release of a load resulting in serious injury. Prevention of these accidents is possible by regular visual and comprehensive inspection.

Wire rope is made up of multiple metal strands woven together to create one cohesive cable. Throughout the life of the wire, these metal fibers can crack or unravel for various reasons. Unfortunately over time these breakages are unavoidable, so it’s important to identify the causes and signs of a worn rope.

Causes of damage: Wire rope is subject to damage due to mechanical wear, bending fatigue breaks, corrosion damage, tensile overload breaks, and shear breaks. These causes can be triggered by lack of lubrication, poor unreeling procedures, excessive abrasion, difficulty with the sheaves, environmental damage, as well as other impact stresses.

Signs of damage: The wire rope is prone to two different breaks; Crown breaks and Valley breaks. Crown breaks are external cracks while valley breaks are found on the underside of the strand. Both can be found within the core or the exterior fibers. The OSHA handbook, CFR 1926.1413(a)(2)(ii)(A)(1) states, “wire rope should not be used when it exceeds six breaks in multiple strands in any lay length or three breaks in any single strand in any lay length.” In order to be in compliance with these safety standards and reduce the risk of workplace injuries, it is essential to regularly engage in preventative maintenance.

Qualified Whiting Services technicians methodically inspect your material handling equipment and provide a detailed visual report with prioritized deficiencies. Whether you need a standard annual inspection for OSHA 1910.179 compliance or a more frequent quarterly, monthly, or even weekly inspection, Whiting Services has the qualified and experienced personnel to make sure your inspection is thorough.

Standard OSHA inspections rarely come close to meeting the OEM preventative maintenance and inspection recommendations for maintaining equipment. In contrast, Whiting Services crane technicians check over 50 points during their intensive inspection. By putting your crane maintenance in the hands of Whiting Services you can guarantee your inspection will be tailored to your specific needs, increasing the life of your equipment and reducing operational downtime and workplace injury.

Join us at the RSI/CMA 2018 Rail Expo in Nashville! 

Scott Bort
Trade Shows, Whiting Services


See You In Nashville at Booth #204! 

Whiting Corporation will be attending the RSI/CMA 2018 Rail Expo & Technical Conference on September 9-11, 2018, at the Music City Center in Nashville.  Visit Booth #204 to see our latest innovations and equipment installations including our MJ Portable Electric Jacks and Full Truck Drop Tables.

Our rail experts from the electro-mechanical, hydraulic, and service divisions will be in attendance, so bring your questions!  If you want to schedule a time to chat at the booth or over lunch, please drop us an email and we’ll set up a time to answer all your questions.


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