Reducing Winch Entanglements with Stationary Guarding

December 2015
Reducing Winch Entanglements with Stationary Guarding – DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2016-104
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From 2000-2011 there were 35 severe work-related injuries, including 8 fatalities, caused by deck winches on shrimp boats in the Gulf of Mexico. NIOSH is currently developing static guard systems for the three most common main deck winches used by boats in this fishery. This fact sheet discusses the work conducted to date and invites additional shrimp fishermen to participate in the research study.

For information on reducing winch entanglements with auxiliary-stop devices please read, Reducing Winch Entanglements with Auxiliary-stop Device – NIOSH publication 2016-105.

Additional Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. DHHS, (NIOSH) Publication No. 2015-238. Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries Involving Fishing Vessel Winches —Southern Shrimp Fleet, United States, 2000–2011. MMWR 2013;62:157-160.

Page last reviewed: December 7, 2015