Socketing, splicing, and seizing of cables shall be performed only by qualified persons.
All eye splices shall be made in an approved manner and wire rope thimbles of proper size shall be fitted in the eye, except that in slings the use of thimbles shall be optional.
Wire rope clips attached with U-bolts shall have these bolts on the dead or short end of the rope. The U-bolt nuts shall be retightened immediately after initial load carrying use and at frequent intervals thereafter.
When a wedge socket-type fastening is used, the dead or short end of the cable shall be clipped with a U-bolt or otherwise made secure against loosening.
Hooks, shackles, rings, pad eyes, and other fittings that show excessive wear or that have been bent, twisted, or otherwise damaged shall be removed from service.
Running lines of hoisting equipment located within 6 feet 6 inches of the ground or working level shall be boxed off or otherwise guarded, or the operating area shall be restricted.
There shall be not less than two full wraps of hoisting cable on the drum of cranes and hoists at all times of operation.
Drums shall have a flange at each end to prevent the cable from slipping off.
Bottom sheaves shall be protected by close fitting guards to prevent cable from jumping the sheave.
The reeving of a rope shall be so arranged as to minimize chafing or abrading while in use.