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Re: Proper winch technique?
1) Too many wraps on the winch to start. You really only need two (maybe three to start. This one will have 5 when finished. That is a clear invitation to an override.
2) The line should be held with the thumbs away from the winch, it is easier to pull on the line that way. And easier to let go if needed.
3) The other hand should never be used loop lines onto the winch. Having your hand inside the bight could result in that hand being jammed into the winch if the line starts to run.
This is a good video.
I teach three the standards for 4 different organizations. They all agree on this approach to winch safety.
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