• Published: 21 Mar 2024

Fingers Trapped by Winch Line

Fingers Trapped by Winch Line
Fingers Trapped by Winch Line

Description of Incident

A two-person truck crew was loading a rig mat onto a Texas bed truck.

An initial loading attempt was unsuccessful due to misalignment between the position of the truck and the rig mat. This contributed to the rig mat contacting a deck pin on the truck bed during the lift. The rig mat was lowered so the winch line could be repositioned.

During the second load attempt, the driver engaged the winch while the other crew member was still handling the winch line/deck chains.

The crew member’s fingers were trapped between the winch line and truck bed roller.

The injured crew member suffered serious injuries to their index and middle fingers.

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