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THE ALBERTA OH&S ACT, REGULATION AND CODE 2018, THE ASME B30.26-2015 STANDARD AND MANUFACTURERS OF WIRE ROPE CLIPS ALL STATE THAT USERS OF WIRE ROPE CLIPS MUST BE TRAINED IN THE SELECTION, INSPECTION, CAUTIONS TO PERSONNEL, EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTS AND RIGGING PRACTICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE WIRE ROPE CLIPS. FAILURES DUE TO MISSUSE HAVE RESULTED IN SERIOUS INJURIES AND DEATH. THIS SECTION WILL PROVIDE YOU INFORMATION ON THE SAFE USE OF WIRE ROPE CLIPS.

Employer, Worker, User, Supervisor and Supplier Responsibilities

Users must be trained in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Wire Rope Clips.

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Can you prove users are competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Wire Rope Clips?

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If a user is not competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Wire Rope Clips they must have direct supervision from a competent worker

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If not competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Wire Rope Clips do users have direct supervision ?

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Do you have documented policies and procedures in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Wire Rope Clips?

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An employer must identify responsibilities for the user of Wire Rope Clips

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The use of Wire Rope Clips can create hazardous situations

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Have Supervisors taken all precautions to protect the health and safety of every worker under the Supervisors supervision.

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Have Suppliers ensured the equipment supplied is in a safe operating condition, and that it complies with this Act, regulation and the OHS Code  

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Legislation, Standards and Specifications

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. Act, Regulation and Code 2018

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers B30.26-2015, Chapter 26-3 Compression Hardware

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Manufacturer's specifications for the type and style of Wire Rope Clip.

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Manufacturer's referenced standards

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Design Factors

What are the manufacturer's design factors for the Wire Rope Clips you are using?

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Markings

A Wire Rope Clip saddle must be marked with its manufacturer's name of trademark

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A Wire Rope Clip saddle must be marked with its size

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Training

It is important that all Wire Rope Clip users be knowledgeable about the safe and proper use, application of Wire Rope Clips, be thoroughly familiar with the manufacturer's recommendations, and safety material provided with each product. In addition all Wire Rope Clip users need to be aware of their responsibilities outlined in all applicable standards, regulations and policies

What are the training requirements for Wire Rope Clip users?

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How does your company monitor the training requirements for Wire Rope Clips?

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How have users been trained in the requirements for Wire Rope Clips?

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Training records should be kept to show users were trained in the requirements of Wire Rope Clips

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Manufacturer's specifications for the Wire Rope Clip must be available to users

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Where are your manufacturer's specifications for the Wire Rope Clips kept?

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How do you ensure users are familiar with the manufacturer's specifications?

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Have employers identified hazards associated with the use of Wire Rope Clips?

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Have users identified the hazards associated with the use of Wire Rope Clips?

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Inspection Requirements

There are 3 types of inspection that are required to be carried out on Wire Rope Clips, these are Initial, Frequent and Periodic

All new Wire Rope Clips shall have an initial inspection completed by a designated person

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Prior to and during use all Wire Rope Clips shall have a frequent inspection completed by a designated person

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How often are frequent inspections completed?

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What must be checked on a frequent inspection?

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All Wire Rope Clips must have a periodic inspection completed by a designated person

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How often are periodic inspections completed?

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What must be checked on a periodic inspection?

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How does your company identify a Wire Rope Clip has had a periodic inspection?

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Removal Criteria

A Wire Rope Clip must be removed from service if any of the following criteria deems that the Wire Rope Clip is not fit for use.

Wire Rope Clip identification missing

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Wire Rope Clip identification illegable

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Pitting or corrosion

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How much pitting and corrosion is allowed?

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Bent, twisted, distorted, stretched, elongated, cracked, or broken components.

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Nicks or gouges

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Reduction of the original catalog dimensions

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How much reduction is allowed ?

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Unauthorized welding or modification

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Unauthorised replacement components

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Insufficient number of Wire Rope Clips

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Improperly tightened Wire Rope Clips

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Indications of damaged wire rope

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Indications of wire rope slippage

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Improper assembly

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Evidence of heat damage

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How much heat damage is allowed ?

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Weld spatter or arc strikes

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How much weld spatter is allowed?

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Other conditions, including visible damage, that cause doubt as to continued use

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Selection, Limitations and Use

All Wire Rope Clip users must be aware that their Wire Rope Clip capacity may change depending on the sling angle, angle of loading, and environment it is used in.

Compression hardware having suitable characteristics for the type of application and environment shall be selected in accordance with the recommendations of the compression hardware manufacturer or a qualified person.

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The rated load shall not be exceeded

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Compression hardware that appears to be damaged shall not be used until inspected and accepted as usable

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Before installing a Wire Rope Clip on plastic coated or plastic impregnated wire rope, consult the wire rope clip manufacturer, wire rope manufacturer, or a qualified person.

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For U-bolt clips used to create end terminations, the saddle shall be placed on the live end of the wire rope, with the U-bolt on the dead-end side.

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At least the minimum number of clips as recommended by the manufacturer or a qualified person shall be used

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The spacing and turn-back should be as recommended by the manufacturer or a qualified person.

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The Wire Rope Clip shall be tightened to the torque recommended by the manufacturer or a qualified person.

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After assembly, the connection shall be loaded to at least the expected working load. After unloading, Wire Rope Clips shall then be retightened to the torque recommended by the manufacturer or a qualified person.

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Wire Rope Clips should not be in contact with the load or any obstruction during lifting or load handling activities.

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Shock loading should be avoided.

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Rigging using Wire Rope Clips should not be dragged on an abrasive surface.

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When wire rope clips are applied to join two lengths of wire rope in an in-line splice, the requirements of para. 26-3.1.3 shall be followed.

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Wire Rope Clips should not be used to fabricate slings. See ASME B30.9 for specific exceptions

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All portions of the human body shall be kept from between the load and any other rigging during lifting or load handling activities.

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Personnel should stand clear of the suspended load.

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Personnel should stand clear of rigging when it is under tension.

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Personnel shall not ride rigging hardware.

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Maintenance

Are Wire Rope Clips stored correctly when not in use ?

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Are Wire Rope Clips subjected to mechanical damage?

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Are Wire Rope Clips subjected to corrosive actions?

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Are Wire Rope Clips subjected to extreme heat?

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Misconceptions

Misconception 1. If you have attended a training course you are a competent rigger.

Training is only one part of being competent to carry out your job, you must also be adequately qualified and have sufficient experience.

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