Book guides you through extracting stuck equipment safely

01/28/2013 12:15:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Courtesy Purdue UniversityPulling out vehicles stuck in mud requires the right equipment and proper technique to avoid vehicle damage and physical injury. Who hasn't been stuck in the mud a time or two.

Even if you're able to extract the vehicle from the quagmire, you may have done it incorrectly.

To help people do it correctly and avoid costly damage and possibly personal injury, Purdue University Extension has published a 96-page book titled, "Extracting Stuck Equipment Safely," according to a news release.

It can be purchased for $5 or downloaded free from the university's The Education Store.

Fred Whitford, coordinator of Purdue Pesticide programs, leads readers through how to decide to do it yourself and when to call experts.

He and his contributors recount real-life stories to help drive home their points.

The publication covers assessing the stuck machinery situation, choosing and inspecting pulling equipment, checking attachment device ratings, communicatingn with the recovery team and what to do if tragedy strikes.

The book also contains color photographs of the right way and the wrong way to do things.

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