General Winching Theory & Practice

General Winching Theory & Practice – LANTRA Awards

If you are required to operate a hand or powered winch. This may include, but is not exclusive to: those involved in industries such as Agriculture, Arboriculture/Forestry, Construction/Fencing, Environmental, Conservation, Fisheries, Facilities Management, Game and Wildlife Management, Government Bodies, Highways, Horticulture/Landscaping, Local Authority, Transport/Logistics and Utilities.
This course enables the learner to understand the principles of winching, realise the possible hazards and manage health and safety. The learner will also be able to risk assess a situation and carry out a suitable method of winching to maintain personal, vehicle and contents safety, and gain experience in the use of a winch for moving an object from point A to B. All winch types can be included and general principles will be covered for all types.

General Winching Objectives: 
  • Recognise a range of tasks for which winches can be
  • Identify the health and safety requirements for winch
    operation and be able to carry out a risk assessment –
    including emergency procedures
  • Understand the legislative requirements of winching
  • Recognise the different types of winches and their
    inspection, maintenance and potential uses
  • Recognise and understand safe working practices for
  • Understand working signals and be able to control an
  • Be aware of a range of different winch cables/ropes and
    their inspection, maintenance and uses
  • Be aware of a range of different winch accessories and
    their inspection, maintenance and uses
  • Understand load rating terminology and how different
    configurations can affect the ratings
  • Understand when to remove equipment from service
  • Understand how to plan and set up basic winching
    systems for a range of winches
  • Understand the safety zones/procedures for different
    winching operations
  • Understand the basics of mechanical advantage (use of
    pulleys) and how this can be used to facilitate a winching
  • Understand how different factors can affect the winching
  • Demonstrate a series of different winching operations;
    straight line, offset and double line pulls applicable to the
    type of winch being used
  • Understand how to conclude the operation and make the
    site safe.

Winching Course sessions:

  • Introduction
  • Winching safety and the law
  • Controlling the operation
  • Winch types
  • Winch cables/ropes
  • Winching accessories
  • Basic winching systems
  • Mechanical advantage
  • Winching systems – additional points to consider
  • Concluding the task
  • Practical winching (including assessment).
Winch Course Duration: 

1 Day

Max number of learners: 

4 (Instructor:Learner 1:4, Machine:Learner 1:4)

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KTC has one of the largest dedicated training centres in the Ireland. At KTC we have a highly skilled team to meet your needs in relation to pesticides training & assessment. We also provide training in: CSCS Machinery, Quarrying, Retail, Education, Transport, Agricultural and many more areas.

Our purpose built headquarters are in Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

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