Before working, always inspect the rope you will be using – whether it is a lifeline, gantline, or stage rope. Check for damage, and make sure it is right for the job. Your life may depend on it.
Know the safe working load of the rope, and don’t exceed the limit.
Abrasion will weaken a rope. Wrap and tie chafing gear around the rope where rubbing occurs.
Avoid sudden strains or jerks, which can snap a rope.
Never load a kinked rope or pull it through a block.