10 RULES FOR SAFE WINCHING
1 Always use as few connections as possible – if you don’t need a shackle, don’t use it. 2 Always winch off a live tree – dead trees can be hollow and have rotten roots. 3 Keep the strap low to the ground – the less leverage on the tree, the less likely you’ll rip it out. 4 More line off the winch means an easier time for your winch motor. 5 Never use a snatch strap as a winch extension strap – it’s not designed for a constant load. 6 Winch lines can become tensioned or snap before you realise – never step over them. 7 Always agree on clear signals between spotter and driver before you begin. 8 Only the spotter talks directly to the driver – everyone else speaks via the spotter. 9 Keep the area clear – snapped cables can be deadly out to their full length. 10 Poorly maintained gear is more dangerous than cheap gear.