FC

Symbol used to indicate a fibre core in the construction of an FSWR.

FSWR

Flexible steel wire rope.

FW

Filler wire. It is used in some FSWR constructions to space and support the main wires in a strand.

FABRICATED HUNG SCAFFOLD

A pre-assembled scaffold hung from another structure but which is not capable of being raised or lowered when in use. It is sometimes used for large steel erection projects.

FACTOR OF SAFETY

The ratio of the minimum breaking load (or GBS) to the WLL or actual working load. For example, an FSWR with a safety factor of five has a WLL which is one fifth of its GBS.

FELLING

Various methods of demolition where a winch or earthmoving equipment is used to drag over a part of the building or structure.

FERRULE

A metal collar used in an FSWR eye splice to hold the rope parts together.

FLEET ANGLE

The angle formed from the centre line of the drum to the centre of the first lead sheave then back to the inside centre of the drum flange.

FLEETING

A method of moving an object by using two hoists, purchases or tackles to lift, haul and lower the load.

FLEMISH EYE

A method of forming an eye in FSWR by separating and re-marrying the strands without tucks.

FLOGGING HAMMER

A hammer designed to be held in one hand for driving drifts, cold chisels and the like. Commonly used in steel erection.

FLY

A secondary jib mounted at the head of the crane’s main boom or jib, increasing the crane’s operating radius and drift. Also called a ‘goose neck’.

FLYING FOX

An arrangement where a rope is suspended between two tower structures and which supports a carriage (or ‘fox’) from which a load may be raised, traversed and lowered.

FRAPPING

A lashing where several turns are passed around parts to pull a rope tighter. Also called a ‘bowsing’ lashing.

FALLS

The separate parts of rope in a purchase or tackle.