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Winch or ratchet?

Authors
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Source
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 90-74-2011, 2011 Aug; :1
NIOSHTIC No.
20044715
Abstract
Trucking continues to be a dangerous occupation, but new equipment has helped improve safety. When it's time to replace equipment or parts, don't just replace the damaged items, but invest in equipment that improves safety for your employees. It will save money in the long run. MANAGEMENT: Talk to your dealer to retrofit your winch system with a ratcheting system. Have a system for reporting damaged equipment and make sure it is used. Specify safety ratchet winches when ordering new flatbed and curtain-van trailers. DRIVERS: Report damaged equipment to your supervisor or repair shop. Carefully align your winch bar. Some drivers mark their bar and winch with a line so they know it is lined up and not likely to roll sideways. Never pull the bar down from directly over your head. Keep your face out of the recoil path to avoid getting hit. Never use an extension on a winch bar. Wear gloves that grip, even when wet. Use both hands on the winch bar. Hazard: If you must use a winch bar, marking it may help with alignment. Standard winch bars can slip and often hit workers in the face and other parts of the body, causing serious injury. Solution: Ratchet systems provide better control and minimize the risk of workers getting struck by the winch bar.
Keywords
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Work-environment; Risk-factors; Training; Education; Trucking; Drivers; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Tools
Contact
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
Publication Date
20110826
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008487
Source Name
Winch or ratchet?
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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