In your selection of the best rope to serve your needs, knowledge of the various types of rope available to meet different conditions is important. In determining the rope best suited for your requirements, the following factors are of special importance:
- Strength lifts the load and does the work. It takes good fiber or filaments to give full strength.
- Abrasion Resistance assures extra life on pulleys, winches and other wearing or torsion conditions.
- Water Repellency keeps rope from swelling when wet, prevents it from becoming stiff and unmanageable.
- Flexibility makes rope agile and easy to handle under all working conditions.
- Safety is of particular importance in falls, slings, hoisting, mooring and towing lines.
Know your rope requirements. The correct size is important. Using undersized rope causes undue strain on the rope. Proper selection of the right rope size is the greatest factor in getting full use and long life from your rope. Generally, the proper size and type of rope can be specified from your past experience and the recommendations of your supplier.
New rope should be thoroughly inspected throughout its entire length before it is placed in service to determine that no part of it is damaged or defective. After it is placed in service, rope should be inspected at least every thirty days under ordinary circumstances; more often if it is used to support scaffolding or other supports upon which men work. Inspection should include examination of the entire length of rope for wear, abrasion, broken or cut fibers, displacement of yarns or strands, discoloration or rotting.
Safety Rope Care
If rope becomes muddy or dirty, it may be washed with cold water and moderate hose pressure, but never with steam. Any grit or dirt that remains may be shaken out after the rope has dried. The use of wet rope or rope reinforced with metallic strands is dangerous near power lines and other electrical equipment. A wet rope should never be left where it may freeze. Sharp bending of the rope around objects too small for the rope, or over sharp corners should be avoided because these cause extreme tension or abrasion on the fibers/filaments.