Rope Safety Information

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The Cordage Institute


All purchasers of rope products are personally responsible
for learning the proper techniques involved and the applicable safe
or recommended working loads. Many rope products are not intended
for use where personal safety could be endangered.

Misuse of rope can result in serious injury or death.
We highly recommend that expert advise be obtained when attempting to
ascertain recommended working loads when unusual environmental conditions,
impact/shock loads, sustained loads or incompetence could be factors.

Guidelines vary for different industries and applications.
Blanket recommended working loads are impossible to make. There are
many variables to consider such as, the amount of risk to life and property,rope
use, rope condition,type of knots or hitches used, temperatures, chemical
exposure, extended periods under load and dynamic loading.

When in doubt use the NFPA ratio of 15:1. Example: A particular
rope's average tensile strength is 1,500 lbs. The recommended working
load would be 100 pounds. This rule applies only to rope that is new
or in use during normal service life where no shock loads or other damage
have occurred.

Knots and hitches weaken rope. To form a knot, rope must
be bent. Bending brings strain on fibers. Whenever possible rope should
be spliced and not tied.

Always maintain load rating consistency when selecting
connecting hardware. Do not create any "weak links" - a chain is only
as strong as its weakest link!

Improper Use and Care of Rope can be Dangerous!

Serious injury or death may result if the following guidelines
are not followed:

  • Select the proper rope construction and size for the job.
  • Use the rope safely while knowing and understanding what loads and
    reactions are applied to rope, all hardware and supports
  • Do not exceed working load limits.
  • Do not shock load.
  • Do not bend over sharp corners
  • Do not exceed temperature ratings
  • Do not expose to chemicals or ultra violet light unless special
    consideration and selections have been made
  • Avoid abrasion
  • Avoid kinks
  • Keep rope clean
  • Avoid improper storage
  • Do not exceed normal working life
  • Inspect rope and connection hardware before each use.
  • Never stand in line with a rope under tension
  • Never allow anyone to stand in line or within 45 degrees on either
    side of a rope in tension.
  • Stay alert