There is another, slightly more difficult, but more general approach:
If you have the paths in your table is the form
Object._3D.getObject("Subobject").getObject("Subsubobject") (. etc...),
then you can use the following term:
execute("-> any" + chr(10) + "return " + str)
wherein str is the path you get from your table.
That way, you can access everything for which you can write the path down, say, for instance, failures, animation paths in 3D objects, animatable objects (as above).
The trick behind this is that you don't see your path as a path but as a piece of SimTalk code.
The first code suggestion I couldn't quite get working in this context but the second reply helped a lot!
My simualtion is now running.