Winch Operator (473) Enlisted Personnel

Operates steam, electric, air, or gasoline-driven winches in loading and unloading ships.
Inspects winch prior to operation. Checks lever, catheads, pipe connections if steam or air driven, and wire connections if electrically driven. Lubricates moving parts and bearings. Checks condition of fall, noting frayed strands. Receives directions for operating winch from signalman, by means of hand signals. Manipulates lever, running drum forward or in reverse to raise, lower, or swing draft of cargo.
May operate two winches at a time if operating conditions permit.
Must know safety rules in handling cargo.

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