Ensuring Safety with Monthly Wire Rope Inspections: How OSHA Compliance Protects Your Operations

Workplace Safety

Safety isn’t just a priority at Harriman Material Handling—it’s a mandate. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that wire ropes undergo monthly inspections to maintain optimal safety standards. These wire rope inspections must include an identifier, the date of inspection, and the name of the person performing the inspection. Compliance with these regulations ensures the well-being of your team and the longevity of your equipment.

Key Aspects of Wire Rope Inspections

During these mandatory wire rope inspections, several critical factors must be examined to ensure the wire ropes remain in top condition. Here’s what needs to be checked:


Rust and corrosion weaken wire ropes, making them more prone to failure. Look for any signs of discoloration or rust on the rope.


This occurs when the wire rope strands are forced outward, creating a cage-like appearance. Birdcaging can significantly reduce the rope’s strength and functionality.


Bends or twists in the rope that do not align with the rope’s natural curve can indicate underlying structural damage.

Severe Wear

General wear and tear is normal, but severe wear can lead to rope failure. Check for areas where the rope appears to be thinned or frayed.

Broken Wires

Any broken wires within the rope can compromise its integrity. Each broken wire must be noted and evaluated.


Kinks can permanently damage the wire rope, affecting its ability to perform safely.

The Harriman Difference: Professional Wire Rope Inspections and Record Maintenance

Harriman Material Handling offers a solution that takes the burden off your shoulders. Our team of experts performs these meticulous inspections, ensuring your wire ropes meet all OSHA requirements. By entrusting us with your wire rope inspections, you gain peace of mind knowing that your equipment is in compliance with the latest safety standards.

We provide:

Detailed Inspections: Our professionals meticulously examine each wire rope for signs of corrosion, birdcaging, doglegs, severe wear, broken wires, and kinking.

Record Keeping: We maintain comprehensive records of each inspection, including the identifier, date, and inspector’s name. These records are crucial for compliance and can be readily accessed when needed.

Stay Compliant and Focus on What Matters

By allowing Harriman Material Handling to handle your monthly wire rope inspections and record-keeping, you can focus on your core operations without worrying about compliance issues. Our commitment to safety and reliability ensures that your equipment is always in top condition, keeping your team safe and your operations running smoothly.

Contact us today to schedule your monthly inspections and let us help you stay compliant with OSHA regulations effortlessly.

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