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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Hand Operated Ratchet Hoists - Come-a-longs

Safety Something YOU can live with!
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Category: General Safety


Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

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Safety Something YOU can live with!
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Ratchet Hoist

Come-a-longs ("red-devils, Come-a-longs, guy pullers, and pull jacks" to some) account for about 1 in 10 hand tool accidents. These tools may seem harmless, but accidents can occur. Injuries include deep gashes; lost teeth; concussions; and fractured hands, arms, legs and ribs. The most common cause of come-a-long accidents occur when the hook slips, or something in the 'system' fails. This causes the chain or wire rope to suddenly 'whip', striking miners with considerable force.

The 'system' includes bolts, eyes, and other anchor points; cleats, clamps and other objects used to attach to items such as chains, cables, conveyor belts or the come-a-long itself.




You can avoid accidents by following these simple rules:



Reissued: 08/21/2002
Tag # AP2002-M044


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