9 Winch Safety Tips Every Construction Worker Should Know
When it comes to winching, there’s a variety of dangers that need to be anticipated in order to avoid harm.
The construction industry is one of Australia’s most dangerous. A 2019 Injury Report from Work Safe Australia shows 26 out of 183 fatalities occurred in the construction industry. Although this is a 54% decrease from a peak in 2007, it still goes to show that a safety focus is necessary when it comes to all types of heavy equipment.
One piece of equipment that’s used in many construction projects is a winch, which uses a cable or rope to pull up or lower different materials. Winching is relatively safe as long as the equipment is maintained properly, used correctly and the workers are well-informed on the risks.
In this article, we’re going to go over all you need to know about winch safety tips that will keep your construction crew safe while they work. We’ve laid out all the dangers associated with winching as well as how to avoid them below:
1. Do not operate winch unless you are fully trained, physically fit and authorised. Construction workers should have a valid white card and experience working with winches before operation.
2. If it’s your first time using a specific winch model, familiarise yourself with any safety devices. Winch Hire Australia’s diverse range of winches feature the latest technology, including process control systems, variable speed drives, controlled braking systems, temperature control and rope and safe equipment protection.
3. Choose the right winch for the job. Winches can be powered with electric, petrol, diesel and hydraulic systems. Read our blog on Types of Winches to find our what the advantages of each type are.
4. Under no circumstances should a winch be used to lift, support or transport personnel. Never make modifications, re-rate or alter winching equipment.
5. Do not use a winch for vertical lifting unless it’s been designed for that application. Use a more suitable machine instead, such as a chain hoist.
6. Check the maximum line pull rating shown in individual winch specifications and requirements and do not exceed them. All winches should have labelling that indicates this information.
7. Keep hands clear of chain or wire rope and fair lead opening. You should dress appropriately for the job, avoid loose clothing that could get caught in the gears and wearing proper gloves to protect against cuts from the steel cable.
8. Conduct routine winch maintenance. Ensuring all parts are well greased and functioning properly
9. Keep the area you are operating in clear. Make sure people keep a safe distance and do not step over the rope or cable. If a cable snaps, it can release a build up of energy and snap violently.
Hire With Safety In Mind
Winch Hire Australia has remained industry leaders for over twenty years due to our experience, service skills and commitment to safety. WHA is a leading provider of industrial equipment and services such as winches, hoists and cable laying equipment. We ensure all of our equipment is carefully maintained and serviced so that you can rely on it to get the job done safely.
If you’re in need of a winch or any other heavy lifting equipment, get in touch to see what we can do for your next project.
We hope you’ve found this article helpful. To find out more about safety, check out our blog Mining Hoist Systems and Safety: A Guide.