winch cable severs young mans leg

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 22:57
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I saw this on an American landcuiser site and thought I would add it as a reminder to use and maintain winches safely.
Its hard to imagine the pent up forces in steel rope cable during a difficult recovery but they do exist!

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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 25, 2004 at 10:22

Sunday, Jul 25, 2004 at 10:22
Ross, it is a reminder to stand back away from not just winches but snatch straps too and use a damper - particularly on a winch cable. The winch cable can whip anywhere.

I broke a ten tonne snatch strap two weeks back trying to recover a tractor. You don't do it the same the second time.....
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Reply By: Jimbo - Sunday, Jul 25, 2004 at 10:32

Sunday, Jul 25, 2004 at 10:32
Very unfortunate incident. Lucky it wasn't three feet higher or it would have taken his head off.

Yesterday during some winching activity I always got further away from the cable, than the length of the cable itself, or got behind a tree. Even though it was a relatively new cable it had been kinked which must produce some weak points.

They're bloody dangerous and must be treated with respect.

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