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  1. Default Repeated damage to Dielectric Crane block (Horse head) due to shackle being sucked in

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    We have spent a lot of money with different individuals sucking the shackle into the fiberglass jib ( we call it a Horse Head) and we are struggling to find a solution. It would be easy to blame the Lineman, but since this problem has been repeated with a high frequency I am reluctant to call it Human Error. This kind of Error is almost predictable so there should be a simple solution to take the human element out of this incident. Does anyone else have experience with this, what did your company do to prevent it from re-occurring?Name:  Horse head damage.jpg
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    In some professional gym equipment they use a rubber ball or disk threaded onto the rope before the thimble that prevents the shackle being smashed into the pulley.
    Portable defibrillators were first invented to save the lives of linemen. Where's yours?

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    Yup, happens quite often. Solution = make sure you can see the clevis when you take up the load line to stow it.
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    It happens everywhere, if it's a rear mount linetruck weld an eye on the front bumper for the winch line to be hooked to either with a clevis or a sling, you may have to leave one of the stages run out a little bit so it keeps the tip of the boom straight over the front bumper, we seemed to have it happening mostly with the operator try to keep the hook up extra high above the windshield during travel.

  5. Default There must be a better way

    Quote Originally Posted by BigClive View Post
    In some professional gym equipment they use a rubber ball or disk threaded onto the rope before the thimble that prevents the shackle being smashed into the pulley.
    Thanks for the suggestion, we have been using Crab trap floats with this principle. the idea being that you hear them split apart before the shackle does damage, but they are not fool proof.

  6. Default Looking for a reason other than Human Error

    Quote Originally Posted by Orgnizdlbr View Post
    Yup, happens quite often. Solution = make sure you can see the clevis when you take up the load line to stow it.
    Yes, if only it were that easy. when it happens in your company, do your trucks have remote/ wireless controls? If so, do you think that those controls enable us to do too many things at once and take our minds off of the task?

  7. Default Are wireless controls and multi tasking part of the problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lineman North Florida View Post
    It happens everywhere, if it's a rear mount linetruck weld an eye on the front bumper for the winch line to be hooked to either with a clevis or a sling, you may have to leave one of the stages run out a little bit so it keeps the tip of the boom straight over the front bumper, we seemed to have it happening mostly with the operator try to keep the hook up extra high above the windshield during travel.
    Most of our boom trucks are rear mount and we have discussed this idea, not sure why it hasn't been popular, everyone seems to take the stance that it isn't going to happen to me, OOPS.

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    Quite expensive repairs too, arenít they? Really easy to happen when you go from running rbdís with boom tip winches, to what I call crane style , where the winch drum is mounted on top of the turrent. Contractors around here tend to fire guys that do that kind of damage.

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