Scaffolding Ropes

When access is required from height, there are usually two main options; scaffolding or industrial roped access, along with other types of access such as cherry pickers, alloy towers, MEWPS etc. It is a well established fact however, that rope access is not only faster and more cost efficient, but overall it is actually safer.

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Wire rope is typically the primary support for suspended scaffolds, suspended rigging, hoisting, stabilization, suspended staging, trolley ties, and perimeter lines, as well as several other industry functions. Despite its widespread use, it is sometimes misused, used past its prime and sometimes used in the wrong environment. The following considerations can help you choose the right wire rope for your Spider rigging equipment.
Depending whether you have suspended scaffolds, suspended rigging, hoisting, or another use for your wire rope, you might need one of several types of rope. Some rigging and machinery requires specific types of wire rope, so you should always consult your user’s manual before buying. In addition, there are a few other considerations to keep in mind:

Weight – Consulting with your vendor’s wire rope weight chart can help you find a wire rope that supports the weight needed for your suspended scaffolds. It is important that you calculate how much weight your rigging has to support, and then add a safety amount to that number. From there, you can choose wire rope based on the nominal weight per foot and recommended safe working load at the distance or height required by your suspended rigging.

Thickness – Thickness and weight support are closely intertwined but it is important to pay attention to both factors. You have to choose a thickness that fits into your hoist. Most traction hoists are rated for a specific thickness of wire rope, but some support several. Choose an appropriate thickness. It is also important to ensure that your wire rope is of sufficient quality and is an even thickness around the whole rope. Thickness is typically measured in designations such as 6×19, which denotes that the rope has six strands with 19 wires in each strand.

Indoors or Outdoors
Using rope in inside conditions is easier than outside because you do not have to worry about rust, but it is important to differentiate when you purchase rope. The two most common options are bright and galvanized rope, which each have their own considerations.

Bright Rope – Bright rope or black rope is less expensive than galvanized, up to 10% stronger than galvanized, but may rust if your suspended rigging is outside or you work around corrosive materials. Because rust can be detrimental to the safety of your suspended staging, it is important that you choose the option that works the best for your environment. However, for indoor suspended scaffolds, bright rope is less likely to jam and less likely to idle in traction hoists. However, it does require more frequent maintenance.

Galvanized Rope – Galvanized rope is made of galvanized steel, which is resistant to rusting from corrosive materials, saltwater, and frequent exposure to rain. While more expensive than bright rope, it is not as strong and is not as durable for heavy use. While galvanized will not rust when used with outdoor suspend rigging, it can cause hoist idling if the zinc coating flakes off in the hoist. For this reason, it is a best fit for outdoor rigging and must be serviced frequently.

The best wire rope suits your specific requirements for strength, durability and corrosion resistance. You also need it to be the right size for your traction hoists. Choosing the right wire rope ensures the safety and durability of your Spider rigging equipment, so keep in mind that it is always a good idea to seek out a reputable vendor and to double check the quality of the wire rope before you use it.

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