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What are Common Safe Operation Winch Guidelines?

Always ensure that all safe operation guidelines are observed during winch operations.

Common safety rules include:

  • Winch operators must always be qualified and trained
  • Before operations begin, verify that the signal person is visible at all times
  • The operator must focus on the environment and load
  • Ensuring the load never passes near or over personnel or workstations
  • All personnel must stay clear of moving loads at all times
  • Use barricades or designated personnel to prevent entry into the area
  • Only the signal person may relay commands to the operator
  • Anyone may give the emergency stop signal to the operator

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