Date of Incident / Close Call:
Details of Incident / Close Call:
An employee ended up getting stuck and required the winch to pull themselves out while operating an ATV on a reclaimed road in spring conditions. During the extraction, the winch cable snapped. Luckily no injuries resulted.
The cable snapped at a pinch point caused by a previous user re-spooling the cable incorrectly.
- Compromised integrity of cable strength properties, which could result in the cable breaking, snapping back and striking the ATV operator and others in the vicinity.
- Potential lacerations or punctures from frayed individual cable wires.
- A nonfunctioning winch in the case of an emergency or when stuck.
Learnings and Suggestions:
- Ensure pre-trip inspections are thoroughly conducted before using an ATV to check that the cable had been re-spooled properly and is in good repair (no pinch points or frayed wires).
- Keep clear of the line-of-fire whenever operating a winch.
- Always re-spool winch cables properly by spooling it side to side while under tension so it loads evenly and ALWAYS wear gloves.
- All newly purchased ATVs will be equipped with nylon winch cables going forward because they do not “kick back” should they snap.
For more information on this submitted alert:
Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com