Cable Cleats | Importance, How To Specify & International Standards

Published 09 May 2022

Cable Cleats

What Are Cable Cleats?

“A cable cleat is a device designed to secure electrical cables when installed at intervals along the length of the cables” – IEC 61914 Cable Cleats for Electrical Installations

“Cable cleats should:

Prevent excessive cable movement due to fault-current magnetic forces

Be rated for specific cable size and available current.”

The fifth edition of API Recommended Practice 14F (Design, Installation and Maintenance of Electrical Systems for Fixed and Floating Offshore Petroleum Facilities).

“Single core electric cables are to be firmly fixed, using supports of strength adequate to withstand forces corresponding to the values of the peak prospective short-circuit current.” – Lloyds Register. Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Ships, Part 6, Control, Electrical, Refrigeration and Fire.

“Cables are to be installed and supported in ways to avoid chafing and undue stress in the cable.” – ABS Steel Vessel Rules 4-8-4/21.9 Cable Support, 4-8-4/21.9.1 General and 4-8-4/21.9.3 Clips, Cable Saddles, Straps

“In order to guard against the effects of electro dynamic forces developing on the occurrence of a short-circuit or earth fault, single core cables shall be firmly fixed, using supports of strength adequate to withstand the dynamic forces corresponding to the prospective fault current at that point of the installation.” DNV Rules for Ships / High Speed Light Craft and Naval Surface Craft, Pt. 4 Ch. 8 Sec.10 – page 68, C50

ALWAYS REMEMBER: Any power cable system designer or installer has an obligation to consider the method of securing cables in order to restrain their movement whether caused by an electrical fault or any other reason – a job that can only be safely and securely done with correctly specified cable cleats.


  1. Calculate the system peak fault current
  2. Identify the specification of the cable to be used including the nominal cable diameter and the manufacturing tolerance
  3. Identify the support structure type e.g. Ladder ( including rung spacing), basket, individual steel structure etc
  4. Consider support structure material type e.g. stainless steel, galvanised steel etc
  5. Consider the environmental conditions
  6. Consult with Ellis Patents who will provide you with the most cost effective solution for your needs


IEC 61914 Cable cleats for electrical installations outlines a series of tests that can be used to assess the performance of a cable cleat’s design.

Although the standard does not define pass or fail levels, it allows manufacturers to define the performance characteristics of their products, and specifiers to compare products from different manufacturers.

The aspects of construction and performance covered by the standard include:

  • Material type – i.e. metallic, non-metallic or composite
  • Minimum and maximum declared service temperatures
  • Resistance to impact at the minimum declared operating temperature
  • The ability of the cable cleat to withstand axial slippage forces
  • Resistance to electro-mechanical forces – i.e. the ability of the cable cleat to withstand the forces between the cables in the event of a short-circuit
  • Resistance to UV and corrosion
  • Flame propagation

Cable Hangers

Working with Ellis Patents we completed the specification and have now moved into manufacturing for our largest contract to date to supply TfL (London Underground) approved cable hangers across several depot modernisation projects.

Thorne & Derrick in consultation with the Asset Manager at Transport for London and their appointed Telecoms & Power contractor secured formal Authorisation & Approval for the Pegasus range of non-metallic cable support hangers. The product will provide safe cable management of the cable route within the Bridges & Structures category – over 1000 hangers with proven lifecycle performance and utilising the standard J-type design for support of multiple cable runs including single, 3-way and 5-way configurations are now scheduled for delivery.

Transport for London

Thorne & Derrick are Approved Vendors to both Network Rail and Transport for London

Ellis Patents

Thorne & Derrick are national distributors of LV, MV & HV Cable Installation, Jointing, Substation & Electrical Equipment – servicing businesses involved in cabling, jointing, substation, earthing, overhead line and electrical construction at LV, 11kV, 33kV, 66kV and EHV. Supplying a complete range of power cable accessories to support the installation and maintenance of low/medium and high voltage power systems:

  • Slip-on Cable Terminations
  • Cold-shrink Cable Terminations
  • Heat-shrink Cable Terminations
  • Cable Joints – Heat & Cold-shrink
  • Separable Connectors (Euromold)
  • Surge Arresters & Switchgear/Transformer Bushings

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