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Two provisions - - 1926.451(f)(17)(i) and (ii) - - require that suspension cable, or any additional independent lines from the ground, be insulated. Cable lengths of 100 feet or more must be insulated at least 4 feet from the hoist. If there is a cable below the hoist, it also must be insulated. Insulating the cable reduces the hazard of electrocution by preventing arcing due to welding operations.

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