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Local Tow Strap Death

For those of you using tow straps be carful, It could happen in a heartbeat!!!
This is all thats on the news website
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Towing Accident Kills Man At Park

The Belmont County Sheriff's Department said a Flushing man died after an accident at Powerline Park.

The Sheriff's department said it happened just before 6 p.m. Friday.

Joey Fulton, 22, died on scene.

Deputies said Fulton was trying to pull a truck that was stuck in the mud using a tow strap.

They said the hook from the tow strap broke off of the truck that was stuck, entered Fulton's vehicle and struck him in the head.

The accident is still under investigation.
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NEVER NEVER use those crap tow straps with those hooks.. we have a VERY good thread on recovery safety


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i dont understand how those no hooks loop only straps work


im prbly over thinking it
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You should not use a tow strap you should use a recovery strap.
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i dont understand how those no hooks loop only straps work


im prbly over thinking it
You either put the loop on the tow "hook" or if its like the front of our rangers, you have to put the recovery strap threw the tow hook, then loop it back threw itself.

Hope that helps. Its pretty simple
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I'll only use a minimum of a 2" 20,000lb recovery strap, however, I'd prefer to use a 3" 30,000 pound recovery strap
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Sad story. BUT...when there's a release of info, please post it. I have a sneaking suspicion that a 'tow strap' was used instead of a 'recovery strap'. 10k max vs 30k max. Thinking one of those straps that are nylon rope with plain jane hooks w/o safety keeper was used. Stupidity...but sad, yes.
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Makes me feel good I just bought a 3" 30,000lb recovery strap, on sale half price for $27.
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if you have a tow strap could you loop it so it wasn't as dangerous?

i pulled a car out of a ditch with my bronk with a tow strap (kind with hooks). i still have it. just never used it since.
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yea def be careful with those things. had one snap on us a couple months ago (i only use ones without hooks) and the hook went flying, luckily everyone was inside a truck when it snapped.
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yeah especially when your start yanking on it to get the disabled vehicle out of the muck....those can be really dangerous. Had a buddy take his wind shield out with one of those
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Wow thats crazy!!!
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ALWAYS ALWAYS place a towel or a jacket of a shirt, or SOMETHING on the line while it has a lil bit of tension. If it comes loose, the towel will take ALOT of the whip action out of the line.

I have a ding in my tail gate from the top half of a stump that broke off. had it not been for the beach towel that stump would have been sitting in the cab next to me. instead it hit the lower part of my tailgate
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a buddy has a whole in the back of his jeep from an incident like this. He was lucky i guess. He went out and bought a bunch of new straps when he bought his winch and they are all the ones with the loops from what ive seen
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ALWAYS ALWAYS place a towel or a jacket of a shirt, or SOMETHING on the line while it has a lil bit of tension. If it comes loose, the towel will take ALOT of the whip action out of the line.

I have a ding in my tail gate from the top half of a stump that broke off. had it not been for the beach towel that stump would have been sitting in the cab next to me. instead it hit the lower part of my tailgate
i forgot about this when i posted. remembered later that night.
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That is crazy for sure sucks bad
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