Winch Cable Severs Kids leg

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Just got word that a friend of mine (younger than me, but I've known him for a few years)...was pulling his brother out with his winch; the cable sheared and wiped his leg out from the knee down. I'm gonna go see him in the hospital in the a.m. Really cool kid too..I hope he keeps his head up. I'm gonna do what I can to help. I know with prosthetics these days, he'll be mobile again for sure, but the initial shock's gonna be a bitch. His twin brother must be a little shaken too. I can't imagine losing a leg.

Kind of posted this to remind everyone to stay on your tip toes. These kids wheeled all the time. His Jeep is actually pretty impressive. ...but seriously.... keep your heads about ya.
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Reply By: Member - Kerry (VIC) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:01

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:01
anyone know where you can purchase those winch blanket type things and the cost (roughly) and any other general comments about them....
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:09

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:09
ARB have them.
$40

Called Winch Dampers.
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Follow Up By: locallaw - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 17:47

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 17:47
Gidday,A couple of potato sacks do a good job and are very cheep.They can be used a multitude of things around the camp fire.
Seeya Locallaw
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:05

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:05
Always sad when young kids have terrible accidents, even worse when they are friends. I look at my good friend Porky Elldridge in amazement every time we go riding together. His injury is the same and when your stuck on a mother hill swearin and cursing after fallin off and Porky rides by you laughing. The human spirit is an amazing thing and with the support of friends and family will make it easier to come to terms with, if you really ever do that is.

Give him my best Truckie.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:10

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:10
Na I dont know him frombleep, it was posted on another forum... ;)
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:27

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:27
Guess i should of read the other forum thread hey, thought he was your friend doh !! as they say.
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:39

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 11:39
Another good reason why everyone should join a decent 4x4 club and do some driver training.
The current thinking on blanket dampers is that they are generally innefective. I believe that several metres (5 is a good amount) of chain properly tied to the cable on each side (when using a snatch block pulley)will absorb the whiplash effect more safely.
The chain is loosely looped and tied to the cable with a light strong rope. If the cable breaks, the energy is taken up absorbing the weight of the chain.
The most important thing to do is keep everyone including the operators well clear of the cable when the cable is under tension.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 12:48

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 12:48
"Another good reason why everyone should join a decent 4x4 club and do some driver training"

Very good advice.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 13:34

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 13:34
Notwithstanding the above, in the meantime, get out of the way!!!

There is no need for anyone except those in the vehicles to be within one length of the cable - when I did some training (years ago now..), the recommended distance was no-one within 2 1/2 the winch cable distance... (no idea why the half ;-)
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Reply By: Rossco100series - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 16:08

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 16:08
Poor kid not good. Thats why when I fit a winch to my Mav I will be fitting Plasma rope.

Rossco
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 16:18

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 16:18
Rossco, Saw a plasma fitted winch break a winch extension strap connactoed to a snatch block and shoot the snatchie back pasy the co-drivers earhole, wiped out the drivers side rear view mirror at about 200MPH, plasma might be fine but always always always use the winch damper.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 16:27

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 16:27
Plasma or cable, both react the same.. the original story was that plasma would snap, and just drop to the ground..

Well talkin to dudes in comps on OL it doesnt. its just easier to drag up hills, but wears out on rocks and ground matter, and costs more.
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Reply By: Member - Gary W (VIC) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 16:34

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 16:34
Thanks Truckster - Never hurts to keep up the reminders that a lot of what we do out there is dangerous.

We do it for fun. - No fun when people get hurts - kids more so.

Gaz
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 20:21

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 20:21
I thought this post looked familiar. Was on yestreday too. See post 14976
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 22:12

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 22:12
couldnt remember if I posted it or not
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