Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Oct 1999
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Re: Winch safety!!!!!!
this is another note on safety, though with a twist. back in high school we managed to get my friend's truck stuck about 100ft out into a shallow swamp. it had big wooden power poles going across it, and of course had those nice metal grounding straps running down the pole that you've yanked on all your life and never gotten shocked. WELL, to make a long story short, he was facing the wrong way to winch out, so we tried a comealong tied to one of the poles and his rear bumper. As I was working the comealong while sitting in a couple feet of water I noticed I was tingling all over so I stopped what I was doing and thought about that for a second, then went over to the pole and quickly realized that my wet body and the cable was a better conductor than the grounding strap on the pole, thus I had become a human grounding strap [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] So, if you're ever out in a swamp pulling from a power pole ( [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] ), remember to stick an insulator between your cable and that grounding strap if you dont want to be sterilized [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]