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Ditch Hitch documentation Library
Used in conjunction with nylon recovery straps with eyelets, no metal fixtures, the Ditch Hitch® eliminates the need to attach to points such as trailer balls, towing add-ons, tiedown hooks or bumpers never intended to withstand shock load forces and is fast becoming the industry standard for vehicle recovery.
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The unique combination of materials and components is described along with certified engineering test results and specifications of operating conditions of the Ditch Hitch System.
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Failure testing of front and rear vehicle frame fastened receivers was conducted by Ditch Hitch and Atco Electric. As well, dynamic loading of front and rear vehicle receivers were tested in both a static and shock load type of pull. All results and peak tension readings were recorded using a Dynameter.
Directive from WARN restricting the use of shackle bracket to winching or hoisting only.
Oceanside, one of the largest suppliers of rigging equipment in Canada provides recommendations for shackle retesting following shock loading and rating limitations of shackle side loading.
Documentation of failure testing of the Fuse Link vehicle recovery strap.
Documentation of failure testing of the Snap Trap recovery strap diffuser.
A multiple choice competency test designed to measure understanding of the vehicle recovery process and related safety procedures.
Sample vehicle recovery procedures provide reference for documenting your own internal procedures or best practices.
Ensuring a safe and accident free vehicle recovery operation starts long before you rig up to pull your truck out of the mud. This Checklist will help to reduce job-site loss and ensure all those involved are aware of the dangers of vehicle recovery.