DUAL WINCH LOADING AND UNLOADING (CONT)
c. Dual winch unloading (free-rolling payload). To unload a disabled payload which rolls freely, proceed as follows:
(1) Perform steps (1) thru (8) of paragraph 2-26b to position tractor/ semitrailer, adjust ramp span width, and
position curb guides.
Observe the following precautions during the unloading process:
If possible, provide ample clear space behind the disabled payload during
unloading to protect personnel and prevent damage to equipment should cables
break while payload is being unloaded.
All ground personnel must stand clear of winch cables except when handling or
injury to personnel may result.
Extreme caution should be exercised during any operation on a slope.
Make sure winch cables are not kinked, clevises are secure to winch cables, and
snatch blocks and shackles are in good condition and properly secured or injury
to personnel may result.
Make sure winch cables are inspected in accordance with TB 43-0142 or injury to
personnel may result.
A ground spotter must stand off curbside of semitrailer and maintain visual
contact with the winch operator. The spotter must observe cables, snatch blocks,
shackles, and payload position during unloading or injury to personnel may result.
Do not overload tractor winches. Know the ratings of the winches being used and
any protection devices (such as shear pins) or injury to personnel may result.
At no time during unloading operations, while the payload is being pulled off with
winches, should personnel be on the semitrailer platform or injury to personnel
Always wear leather gloves when handling cable. Never allow cable to run through
hands or injury to personnel may result.
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