Health and safety

The BOA WINCH® system reduces the torque exerted on the lower back, shoulders, elbows and wrists during the strap tightening process.

A safe choice

For load-securing operations on flatbed trucks, the BOA WINCH® is the best investment you can make regardless of the load you are carrying.

Thanks to its innovative, globally patented mechanism, the BOA WINCH® is the safest tiedown device on the market and its ease of use makes load securing more efficient. The innovative tensioning system allows unrivaled securing precision.

Compared to traditional tension bars, the use of the BOA WINCH® ratchet handle eliminates the risk of accidents related to broken straps or kickback from the tightening bar.

The safest tiedown device on the market

The BOA WINCH® system with the 12″ (30,5 cm) handle produces a tension on the tiedown strap that is 40 times higher than the force exerted by the worker on the handle, while the TRADITIONAL winch produces a tension on the tiedown strap that is only 20 times higher than the force exerted by the worker on the winch bar.

Forces required on the levers to achieve the three desired tensions

The BOA WINCH® system significantly reduces the physical effort required on four points of the human body solicited during the tiedown maneuvers: the wrist, the elbow, the shoulder and at the level of the lower back between the fifth lumbar vertebra and the first sacral vertebra (L5-S1).

The strap pre-tightening maneuvers with the TRADITIONAL winch demonstrate the presence of an elastic tension that could induce rapid movement of the bar, also known as kickback in the industry, if the worker were to mishandle it. There is a risk of injury to the thorax and the head.

This spring action is also present when the TRADITIONAL winch cog wheel is being unlocked, where the risk of dropping the bar is even greater since it is held with only one hand. This elastic tension is not present with the BOA WINCH® system since the tension is blocked continuously, and the loosening of the tightening screw does not induce any kickback making the risk of an accident directly related to the lever is practically nil.

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Increased safety

In analyzing a study conducted by IHSA (Infrastructure Health & Safety Association) from March 2020 on injuries in the trucking industry, it is interesting to note that a high percentage of injuries are caused by excessive efforts that cause the user to exceed their capabilities. In addition, a high percentage of injuries are caused to the back and the shoulders.

Based on the results of this study, the torque exerted on the lower back and upper limb joints are considerably reduced when using the BOA WINCH® in comparison to the TRADITIONAL winch when performing tiedown maneuvers. This reduction in effort suggests that a significant number of injuries can be avoided by using a more effective tool. In addition, since the number of injuries increases with the age of truck drivers (see Table 23), it would be more advantageous to use the BOA WINCH® to allow these workers to continue their careers without injuries for a longer period of time.

A graph that speaks for itself

Thanks to its worm gear system that multiplies the tightening power, the BOA WINCH® allows users to effortlessly and consistently achieve the desired tension regardless of the type of load to be secured.

In comparison, a TRADITIONAL winch with its cog wheel system, requires more and more force to achieve a lower tension and quickly becomes inoperable.

Moreover, it is impossible to precisely achieve the desired tension with a TRADITIONAL winch, which will either be too tight or not tight enough.

Graph of the tension obtained on strap

A compelling report

A biomechanical evaluation of physical demands comparing the TRADITIONAL winch to the BOA WINCH® system conducted by researchers in kinanthropology and ergonomics clearly demonstrates the biomechanical advantages of using the BOA WINCH® for tiedown maneuvers.