CABLEWAY SAFETY TRAINING CLASS:
U. S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Investigations Report 99-4038
by C. Frey and K. M. Nolan
Occasionally people are involved in accidents while operating
cableways. Most of these accidents are
relatively minor, like muscle stains, bruises, etc., but cableway use can result in a major accident.
Most accidents could be avoided if the safety of all cableways had been assessed prior to use and if
all safety rules were followed.
This class is designed for all cableway users. The class describes :
1. Basic cableway nomenclature and operation: A description of
all major cableway components
and the forces in action during cableway use,
2. Inspection procedures required before operating a cableway, and
3. Rules for safe cableway operation.
Cableways are inspected annually by a trained inspector. This class
describes how to inspect a
cableway before it is used. The procedure described in the pages that follow should be followed prior
to each use of any cableway.
Although cableways are inspected annually by trained personnel, vandalism
or natural occurrences,
such as as trees falling on the cableway or heavy rains that cause washouts around anchors and
footings can render cableways unsafe for use. These are the major features this class is designed to
The class should not be used as the sole basis for training personnel
responsible for annual
inspections, which require a higher level of training. Personnel performing annual inspections require
a higher level of training.
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Last modified: April 14, 1998