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Unread 04-08-2009, 09:13 AM   #1
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Offroad Recovery Safety Basics Tips Needed

I volunteered at my work to assist our "off the job safety" committee and wanted to do a topic on offroad vehicle recovery safety. There are a few Jeeps here at work, some wheel, most don't. But even people cruising our many beaches on the Gulf Coast in cars sometimes get stuck and the things I've seen just make you cringe.

I'd love some safety feedback tips if anyone's open. I thought I'd cover vehicle recovery using straps and then maybe some more advanced safety involving using winches. The basics I know are of course watching pinch points, using a blanket or something laid over the winch line (middle) of the pull, having everyone out of the way, inspecting for frayed syn line, or stainless rope, etc.

Appreciate any feedback.


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Unread 04-08-2009, 12:13 PM   #2
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29 views and no suggestions? lol, c'mon guys why even open the thread

Someone has to have some good experience and tips...
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Unread 04-08-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
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I'm waiting for advise too.
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Unread 04-08-2009, 12:53 PM   #4
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Carry a tree saver if you have a winch, then you don't have to hook the line to itself, and your line isn't tearing the tree, and itself, apart. The blanket is a good idea, and I've heard of winch lines coming through the front windshield, so if you're inside watch yourself...
Also if you get stuck in sand, as you said on a beach, there's often nothing to winch to, sometimes simply airing down your tires can get you free, I've seen that work.
If that doesn't work-
1. start digging
2. bury your spare with the winch wrapped around it.

You can look up all kinds of ways to save yourself out there, www.youtube.com search winch, you'll learn what to do and what not to do pretty quick.
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Unread 04-08-2009, 01:11 PM   #5
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Carry a tree saver if you have a winch, then you don't have to hook the line to itself, and your line isn't tearing the tree, and itself, apart. The blanket is a good idea, and I've heard of winch lines coming through the front windshield, so if you're inside watch yourself...
Also if you get stuck in sand, as you said on a beach, there's often nothing to winch to, sometimes simply airing down your tires can get you free, I've seen that work.
If that doesn't work-
1. start digging
2. bury your spare with the winch wrapped around it.

You can look up all kinds of ways to save yourself out there, www.youtube.com search winch, you'll learn what to do and what not to do pretty quick.

Thanks good stuff, I have a lot of info/experience being my 4th Jeep with the hardcore offroad recovery and related safety. I guess I should have stated "basic" is what I'm looking for really, some real simple things for the folks here at work, nobody here except myself and one other Jeeper would ever use the advance stuff while we're offroading when needed. Most of it boils down to common sense I know but around here in the Gulf I've seen plenty of stuck cars (even) with people standing all around while somebody is yanking them with a chain .

thanks again guys, keep the tips coming.
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Unread 04-08-2009, 01:35 PM   #6
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Keep your hands at least one foot away from the roller fairlead when winding your cable back on to the spool.
If your hands are too close, you could get hurt very easily.
Wind your cable back onto the spool neatly and tight. You don't want slack on the spool.
Wear heavy gloves when working with a winch cable/rope.

Nobody stands between the anchor point and the winch, or the winch and the other Jeep being pulled out. If the cable lets go, it will find you and hurt you.

Put a floor mat, towel, jacket, or winchsaver on the cable a few feet from the anchor point or Jeep being pulled. If the cable let's go, the item on the cable will slow it down and keep it from whipping back.

Do not use a Tug 'em Strap with a winch. Do not use a chain with a winch except as a choker. Do not use rope with a winch unless it's a winch rope.
Use a tree strap.

Do not hook the winch cable hook to the winch cable as a choke.

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always clean straps after using them to get mud and grit and dirt out. And always inspect for rips and damage.
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Unread 04-08-2009, 05:06 PM   #8
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Oh and when winching make sure to weight the line every few feet to take recoil out incase of a break.
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Unread 04-08-2009, 06:19 PM   #9
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Show them the differnce between a tow strap, recovery strap and how to use each correctly. Show them how to use a chain safely. Show them how to get themselves out with just a jack and floor mats or wood/rocks.
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Unread 04-09-2009, 11:10 AM   #10
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Go to Offroaders.com Lots of info there on recovery.
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Unread 04-12-2009, 01:31 AM   #11
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Don't off road alone if possible... even getting stuck in the sand if there are two vehicles you should be able to get your self free with help from the other vehicle...

Oh yeah and practice using your winch...
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Unread 04-12-2009, 02:22 AM   #12
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Here try these links --->www.offroaders.com

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