While winches are crucial pieces of equipment used across a number of different industries, they can also be dangerous when used incorrectly. There are many important safety precautions to be aware of when winching.
These are the most common winching mistakes to avoid, so that you can ensure that you are using your winch in the safest way possible.
A common mistake people make when winching is using too little rope. Your winch operates more effectively when you are not concentrating all of the use of the first part of the rope.
To give your winch the maximum pulling power and reduce the strain on the motor, you should be winching with between five wraps to two layers around the winch’s drum. Every layer higher than this drastically reduced the pulling power.
Many winchers mix up static and active recovery techniques, which can cause damage to their winch.
A winch is a static piece of equipment, meaning it is not intended to handle shock loads, only slow and steady work. The only movement should be on the hook end of the line – don’t hook up your winch to another truck and drive backwards as this could damage the winch brake.
It is important to regularly service your winch and check for damage before use. Damaged winches could result in an injury and could create costly repairs.
If you have identified any rips or cuts in your winch, replace any parts to ensure that it is safe to use.
There are many different types of winches, so it is important that you are using the right winch for your conditions. If you are a sailor, it is important to use a hydraulic winch as this can operate underwater and can carry heavier loads.
Winching can be a dangerous activity if not done correctly. A professional winch company should provide training so that you are fully equipped to operate your winch.
With over 30 years of experience, at Atlas Winch Hire and Hoist Services, we are experts in our field.
Offering a range of high quality services including winch hire and training, we are equipped to deal with all of your winching needs.
If you would like to get in touch with a member of our helpful team, contact our Scotland branch at 01899 221 577 or phone 01371 859 555 for our team in Essex.