18.104.22.168 The winch is ready for operation, providing the anchorage beam is correctly fixed to the
winch, and the wire rope correctly fixed to the bridge (See 3.17.7).
3.17.4 Releasing and Closing the Jaws
Each winch is fitted with a lever (Figure 3. 82 Item 1) for releasing the jaw mechanism,
which should only be operated when the winch is not under load.
There are two positions for the rope release lever (Figure 3. 82) released or engaged.
When not in operation, it is recommended that the rope release lever should be in the engaged
position. The winch must therefore be released before attempting to feed in the wire rope.
Turn the rope release safety catch (Figure 3. 82 (2)) and push the rope release lever
(Figure 3. 82 (1)) towards the anchor pin until
it locks into position when raised slightly
Release the safety catch.