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(long time since I posted here - but saw this in the news and thought of this place)

A driver has been seriously injured when a strap broke and hit him.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/flying-tow...0150713-giaqlc

its a bit unclear, because it says it was a bit of metal that hit him, which sounds less like the strap broke and more like the shackle or attachment point broke.
Still this is a reminder that snatch straps can be dangerous - they work by storing a lot of energy in their elastic.

Hope the guy is ok.
And take care out there.
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G'day DN - yes a nasty accident for sure. Hope all is well with you!
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Gidday DN

A salutary and sad reminder

The back of his head being injured so badly does not bode well for the poor young fellow ...

Thanks for this sad link.

I've stuck this thread.
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The more I read of snatch straps, the less I want to have to use one. So much stored energy, potential for injury and death.

What was the discussion we had the other day about soft (synthetic rope) shackles replacing steel shackles ?
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They are ok but always keep well out of the area of possible danger.
Can also tie a light rope to them to restrain them from traveling too far if the dreaded break happens.
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I've seen just a snatch strap which snapped put a big ding in the back of a ute so I hate to think what even that will do to your head!
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Can also tie a light rope to them to restrain them from traveling too far if the dreaded break happens.
yes - I don't understand why that isn't more used. I guess a damper (rug/towel) near either end does the same job.
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This is sad news, but I do not think it alters anything that has been said on this forum.

Yes, I do carry soft shackles and an ARB recovery strap as well as a blanket.

That being a 17-year old, I wonder what his parents had taught him about recovery and if they knew what he was up to.
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That being a 17-year old, I wonder what his parents had taught him about recovery and if they knew what he was up to.
Quite, MAS.

I had a youngster run into me (I was stationary at the time) and ended up with my transporting him to hospital, ringing his parents, going back with his Dad to pick up his motor bike, taking said bike back to his home, and Dad back to the hospital. That was around 37 years ago.

His parents thought he was somewhere else ...

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That`s the Fuzz for you.
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