Posted by Ashley Bechtel in #YHSafetyTips, Dec 21, 2016
What is a winch?
A winch is essentially a hoist that is typically meant for horizontal movement. However, there are some winches that are manufactured to lift objects vertically. When using a winch for horizontal lifting, make sure that it clearly stated from the manufacturer that it is approved for use as a hoist. Winches are typically attached to a vehicle meant for off-roading or a tow truck.
What is the difference between a winch and a hoist?
The major difference is the braking systems. Winches are usually made with dynamic brakes that use the gears in the winch for resistance. This will make it unstable for lifting loads as the gears could strip and the load will fall ending in a dangerous situation for all involved. As previously mentioned, some winches are manufactured so that they can also be used as a hoist.
Safe operation of a winch
The following are a few of OSHA’s guidelines on how to properly operate a winch:
Below are some other guidelines to help ensure you and your employees/coworkers are safe:
Check back next week when we discuss how to keep you and your employees safe when driving company vehicles
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