WINCH SAFETY INFORMATION

WINCH SAFETY INFORMATION

TRAILERS FITTED WITH MANUAL WINCH

  • The winch is not built for lifting purposes, or to be used for lifting, supporting or transporting people.
  • Check for any signs of damage, including ratchet operation, if in doubt  do not use.
  • Never allow children or anybody unfamiliar with the winch operation  to operate it
  • Never exceed rated capacity.  Do not use winch with cable fully unwound. Keep at least three turns  of cable on spool.
  • Operate with hand power only. Do not operate with any form of motor.
  • Secure load correctly. A winch is not designed as a primary restraint    and should be only used in conjunction with load securing devices e.g. straps, chains etc.
  • Maintain firm grip on handle; do not allow to spin freely when unloading.   This can spin violently causing personal injury. AL-KO Type 900 winches  with a removable handle do feature an auto-brake for safety. Free spool can  only be  achieved when the handle is removed.\
  • If winch is of a braked type ensure when using brake facility winch is  in neutral position, or handle is removed.
  • Do not use winch handle as a convenient means of manoeuvring the  entire trailer or to lift anything.
  • If winch handle is detachable, ensure handle is attached securely to drive  shaft and that the handle clip is engaged into the groove on the shaft.
  • Periodically lubricate the mechanisms with a light machine oil e.g. WD40  and check the cable for any signs of fraying. If cable damage is found,  then cable should be replaced.
  • If any parts need replacing, our aftersales department carry a comprehensive range of spares for overnight delivery.