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To cheat, or not to cheat...

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 90-35-2009, 2009 Jun; :1
Industry: Specialized Freight. Occupation: Truck Driver. Task: Unstrapping Load. A 45-year-old truck driver was unstrapping a load of lumber. He was pushing down on the cheater pipe to relieve the tension from the strap when his left hand slipped off. He attempted to stop the recoil with his right hand, but the cheater pipe hit him with such force that it jammed all his fingers and sprained his wrist. His claim cost over $35,000 and he has endured pain, surgery and a slow-healing injury. Cheater pipes/bars have been known to exceed the working load limit and therefore increase the chance of strap or chain breakage. Sadly, cheating this time may mean he'll never be a truck driver again. TIPS TO LIVE BY: Avoid using cheater pipes/bars; they greatly increase the chance of exceeding the Working Load Limit (WLL) of the web strap, chain, binder or anchor point. Do not exceed the lowest rated WLL component when securing a load. Adjust the chain length by half link increments until you can close the chain binder without resorting to a cheater bar. Be aware of the "line of fire" should you lose a grip on the handle. Check winch brackets for cracked or broken welds. Check your strapsb for damage.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Work-environment; Humans; Men; Women; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Training; Education; Trucking; Drivers; Personal-protection; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Hazards; Safety-measures; Safety-practices
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
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To cheat, or not to cheat...
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