Moving parts of winches and other deck machinery shall be
Winches shall not be used if control levers operate with
excessive friction or excessive play.
Double gear winches or other winches equipped with a clutch
shall not be used unless a positive means of locking the gear shift is
be no load other than the fall and cargo hook
assembly on the winch when changing gears on a two-gear winch.
or malfunction of winches that could endanger
employees shall be reported immediately to the officer in charge of the
vessel, and the winch shall not be used until the defect or malfunction
seats and shelters for winch drivers that create a
hazard to the winch operator or other employees shall not be used.
short handles on wheel type controls, winch drivers
shall not be permitted to use winch control extension levers unless
they are provided by either the ship or the employer. Such levers shall
be of adequate strength and securely fastened with metal connections at
the fulcrum and at the permanent control lever.
control levers that tend to fall due to their own
weight shall be counterbalanced.
shall be monitored during use. If winch brakes are
unable to hold the load, the winch shall be removed from service.
shall not be used when one or more control points,
either hoisting or lowering, are not operating properly. Only
authorized personnel shall adjust control systems.
When winches are left unattended, control levers shall be
placed in the neutral position and the power shall be shut off or
control levers shall be locked at the winch or the operating controls.
[62 FR 40101, July 25, 1997]