VR16 - Advanced Winching (heavy vehicle recovery)


VR16 covers recovering heavy commercial vehicles of 7500kg GVM and above from situations where a winch is required to place the casualty in a position from where it can be removed. It also covers the safety requirements of using a winch.

Learning Outcomes

• Health and safety requirements applicable to the use of heavy vehicle recovery winches

• Types of winch used in heavy vehicle recovery

• Winch theory

• Winch ropes in heavy vehicle recovery

• Ancillary equipment used when winching

• Winching resistances and calculations

• Increasing line pull/changing line direction

• Effects of casualty position or attitude on winching operation

• Righting an overturned vehicle

• Hand signals used to direct a winch operator

Practical Outcome

• The student will be able to demonstrate, the correct methods of calculating the loads, equipment requirements and lay-up of the equipment for a given recovery situation

Module/course type
Heavy Recovery
Recommended duration (full course)
14 hours
Driver CPC available
DCPC course number
CRS 9036-540