5 Tips for Safe Winching
Winches are incredible capable at getting us up steeps and out of bogs. However if used without care they can be extremely dangerous and unfortunately there have been horrific injuries and even fatalities when things break and people are caught in the crossfire.
With the weights involved it's easy to understand that there is a significant load on the winch line. This load is a stored potential energy. It can either be released gently and relatively slowly when everything goes well, or if something breaks, it releases instantly and with a bang.
5 Tips to Winching Safely:
- Buy quality equipment that meets safety standards.
- Regularly inspect equipment for damage and especially prior to winching, look for damage, cuts, abrasion, corrosion, knots, loose bolts, etc...
- You're only as safe as your weakest link, check everything - the winch, winch line, vehicle anchors, tree anchors, extensions, winch blocks and shackles are all sound.
- Fit a dampener (like the orange one above) which will hopefully absorb energy in a failure.
- Most importantly make sure everybody stands well clear.