WIRE ROPE FAILURE – WHO IS ACCOUNTABLE?
Wire ropes provide a lifeline for industry, often under hostile and demanding conditions.
Frequently human survival is at stake, and acceptance of second-rate maintenance and inspection procedures is a risk that nobody should – and can afford to – take. Any person involved in the management of wire rope, can and should be held accountable if and when a rope fails.
Wire rope is a system component that is – at the same time
Wire ropes are complex machines with many moving parts. They require attention, skilled operators, careful maintenance, inspection, and lubrication.
In spite of their vital importance, wire ropes are often treated as low-tech commodities without much interest. Failures are frequently accepted as “inevitable.”
Present maintenance strategies and inspection procedures must be improved. They are undergoing changes in a paradigm shift that will greatly increase wire rope safety and reliability.
For further details please read my paper “Wire Rope Failures, Who is Accountable?”. It’s a must-read. Please judge for yourself!