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How to Safely Install and Use Polyurethane Cable Covers
Whether your application is a special event, automotive garage, factory or warehouse, heavy-duty polyurethane cable covers are the perfect solution for keeping the cables and hoses in high-traffic industrial environments safe, and also greatly reduce tripping hazards for pedestrians. There's just one thing to remember: in order for you to reap their safety benefits, your polyurethane protectors need to be properly installed and utilized!
Experience Level: Intermediate
Time Required: Depending on the size and complexity of the installation, this project can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours to complete.
Supplies: Polyurethane cable covers and corresponding end-boots; drill (optional); tape for securing cover lids; warning signs
Budget Estimate: Varies greatly from one application to the next. Polyurethane cord protectors can range from $35-$900.
STEP 1 - Configure and Assemble
- Position cable covers so that – whenever possible – traffic will drive over them hinge side first.
- When running parallel cord covers, make sure that they are at least 2 feet apart.
- Provide an ADA-compliant path of travel wherever necessary and safe, and adhere to ADA guidelines for the use of wheelchair ramps.
- Avoid irregular surfaces where possible, as water and other fluids can collect and create a shock or slipping hazard.
- During configuration and set-up of your cord covers, constantly ask yourself, “Have I created a tripping hazard?” If you can answer “yes” to that question, re-evaluate your project, or call us with your questions at (866) 222-0030.
- When assembling linear pieces, do so by placing female slots over male tabs.
- Use end boots to complete the run and reduce tripping hazards presented by bare connector ends.
- Use signs to warn people of the “bump” or upcoming obstacle, and use bright colors whenever possible. Don't try to hide the cord protectors!
STEP 2 - Secure
- Secure lengths of cable protector on unusually slippery surfaces by attaching to the ground.
- If you're going to anchor the cable cover down, reduce your risk of tearing the protector by drilling anchor holes rather than just spiking.
STEP 3 - Fill
- Start by placing cables in the channel that's closest to the leading edge. Be sure to always load the most sensitive cables and hoses closest to the hinge-side of the protector.
- Avoid mixing cable and hoses with different functions within a specific channel; use separate channels for power, signal (data), fluids and gases.
- Don't overstuff the cable cover! Doing so can cause the lid to pinch cable insulation or present a tripping hazard.
- Use grip tape to keep the lids securely down.
STEP 4 - Maintain
- Replace worn parts immediately, as torn lids can present a tripping hazard.
- Avoid using solvents or acids to clean cable protectors; instead, use ordinary soap and water or steam-clean the product.
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