Assess the condition of the rope at the section showing the most wear. Discard a wire rope if you find any of the following conditions:
- In running ropes (wound on drums or passed over sheaves), 6 or more broken wires in one rope lay length; 3 or more broken wires in one strand in one rope lay. (One rope lay is the distance necessary to complete one turn of the strand around the diameter of the rope.)
- In pendant standing ropes, 3 or more broken wires in one lay length.
- Wear of 1/3 of the original diameter of the individual outside wires.
- Kinking, crushing, cutting or unstranding, bird caging or other physical damage that has distorted the shape of the wire rope.
- Heat damage (check for burn marks, discoloration of the metal).
- Excessive stretch or sharp reduction in the rope diameter.
- Knots or splices (except eye splices) in a wire rope.
- Missing sling identification, such as manufacturer, workload limit, diameter or size.