US NAVY TOWING SAFTEY BRIEF

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A presentation I created for the US Navy when I worked for them. It's all about safety while towing something on the water. Apparently they did not like it because there are quite a few jokes. But they are delivered to get the point across.
I have created an instructor guide to go along with this presentation, which is available upon request.
If your organization wants to use it, please feel free.
Just make sure credit for it goes to the original author. Me.

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  • Welcome to the Towing Safety presentation.
  • US NAVY TOWING SAFTEY BRIEF

    1. 1. Towing Safety Prepared for VC-6 by BM2 (SW) Chad E. Doebelin Summer 2006
    2. 2. The number one rule <ul><li>Always have a plan </li></ul><ul><li>Always ensure everyone knows exactly what their job is…. Before the evolution begins. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Fundamentals <ul><li>No matter how redundant it may seem, go over these basic safety fundamentals, EVERY time, with everyone involved in the evolution. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Line explodes in the opposite direction that it is being pulled from! Always stand in a position of safety when lines are under strain Snapback can cut a man in half! 50% off!
    5. 5. Don’t wear a ring when handling lines
    6. 6. CONTROL <ul><li>Always try and remain in full control of a line </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain positive control at all times. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not let line slide through your hands </li></ul><ul><li>HANDLE THE LINE HAND OVER HAND. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Horseplay is the quickest way to sickbay
    8. 8. <ul><li>What if the line suddenly takes a strain and gets wrapped around your ankle? </li></ul>You get to go along with it. Don't get caught in the BIGHT!
    9. 9. get between a bulkhead and a suspended load!!! Never Before After
    10. 10. Be prepared to cut the line <ul><li>Have a sharp knife or a berserker’s battle axe on hand </li></ul>
    11. 11. Station a L kout on the tow <ul><li>It would probably be </li></ul><ul><li>a good thing to know </li></ul><ul><li>that we just lost our </li></ul><ul><li>tow instead of figuring </li></ul><ul><li>it out hours later. </li></ul>QM1 Green
    12. 12. What are some signs that my line is taking on too much strain or about to part? <ul><li>Loud squealing sound </li></ul><ul><li>Smoke </li></ul><ul><li>Hissing </li></ul><ul><li>Strands beginning to unravel </li></ul><ul><li>Line is much thinner than original </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Never kick at a line that is under tension, just to see how tight it is. </li></ul><ul><li>Never lead line around a sharp corner </li></ul><ul><li>Never put your hand in the bight of the line at the bitts </li></ul>
    14. 14. Never step over a line <ul><li>What if the line takes a strain and hits you in the testicle-ites? </li></ul><ul><li>A safe way to get over it is to step directly on top of it. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Inspect your line before use <ul><li>Kinks </li></ul><ul><li>Wear </li></ul><ul><li>Stress marks </li></ul><ul><li>Burns </li></ul><ul><li>Fused strands </li></ul><ul><li>Cockles </li></ul>
    16. 17. Types of Tow In use at VC-6 <ul><li>REQUIREMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>Bow </li></ul><ul><li>Stern </li></ul><ul><li>FWD Spring </li></ul><ul><li>AFT Spring </li></ul>HIP TOW
    17. 18. TOW RING BRIDAL Towing astern
    18. 19. Tow Bridle
    19. 20. Equipment <ul><li>TOWLINES blue polypropylene line </li></ul><ul><li>Deck fittings chock, cleat, bitts </li></ul><ul><li>Bridal evens strain on attachment points </li></ul>
    20. 21. Get In Step.

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