Rope Handling/Usage and Splice Instructions
There are many factors that impact the life of a rope in use. Maximizing rope performance and safety starts by choosing the right rope, followed by education in handling during its use, and retiring it from service at the right time to maximize value without risking safety. Ropes are serious working tools, and when used properly, will give consistent and reliable service. The cost of replacing a rope is extremely small when compared to the cost of personal injury or property damage. It is important to be educated on best practice and industry standards for rope handling. The beginning and end of knowing your rope is, literally, your termination.
Samson recommends splicing as the preferred rope termination method. Knots can significantly decrease a rope’s strength – up to 50% – while most splices maintain 100% of the specified rope strength. For this reason, spliced eyes are used to determine all Samson specs for tensile strengths for new rope. More importantly, splicing for stringing and pulling lines, winch lines, and hand lines allow the ropes to be easily integrated into existing equipment, and allows for rapid repair in the field.
Because splicing is so important for rope user’s success, Samson maintains a library of video and written splice instructions on their website. In keeping with Samson’s history of innovation, safety, and constant improvement, Samson has released updates to their written and video splice instructions in July, 2017.
Samson & NESCO
NESCO and Samson have enjoyed a partnership for more than 15 years, working together to supply the utility industry. For more information about Samson products, please contact your NESCO UEO Representative.