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- Consider suspension cables to be tools.
Care for them and store them in a dry location,
away from potential damage and corrosive
- The Qualified
Person must thoroughly examine the
suspension cables for all conventional
signs of wear. Flattening, distortion,
individual broken wires, and corrosion
are the typical indications that a wire
rope cable should be removed from service
CFR Part 1915.111(a)].
- Buildups of coatings from spray operations
make visual inspection even more difficult.
Whenever practical, cover all suspension
cable assemblies to prevent accumulations
of material that will make inspection difficult
and ultimately degrade the assemblies' strength.
- Observe special precautions when welding
or burning from marine hanging staging.
For example, use insulation between the
structure and suspension cable attachment
points to prevent cable embrittlement and
stray current. Protect suspension cables
from contact with exposed energized welding
cables [29 CFR Part 1915.56(b)(4) and 29 CFR Part 1915.56(c)(6)].