Winter Safety: Tow Strap or Recovery Strap?

Whether from the hazards of winter travel or the vulnerabilities of equipment in the elements, safety procedures take on a different form when the weather changes. 

Risks to an operation are different when ice and snow inhibit movement of equipment. Because of this, as winter’s grip takes hold across the country, safety procedures and equipment maintenance on job sites are going to have to adapt to different conditions. 

If snow or ice is requiring you to tow or recover equipment or a vehicle, make sure you know what equipment you should be using, how to use it, and how to confirm it's in good working order. 

Should you use a tow strap or a recovery strap? 

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Designed for the sole purpose of towing
Are made of Dacron or polypropylene that does not stretch
Comes with shackles or hooks made for connecting to tow hooks on a truck


Are often flat with sewn loops and never have shackles or hooks
Are made of nylon - which allows them to stretch
Are safer than chains, not nearly as heavy, and are easy to use

A primary difference we see within the operations we support focus on the safety issues associated with travel and equipment performance. Whether its from hazardous driving conditions or a build up of ice or snow that makes equipment maneuvering difficult, it’s essential that your team knows how to properly use the safety equipment available to them. 

If you’re not sure what you need, don’t guess!

Talk to one of our lifting experts to determine the right equipment and procedures for the work you need done. And be sure you don’t neglect OSHA-required inspections! 


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