Upside-down Hooks

It doesn’t matter who this is a picture of (and I think it’s actually an old picture anyway), but I always cringe when I see this particular hook placement for pulling — and I see it very regularly. When someone pulls, they never lean backwards (since humans tend to fall over when they do that), but pullers almost always do lean forward… Think about the way the hooks will rotate when the body leans that way, and you’ll see that they can easily either rotate out completely, or rotate just part of the way, hooking and piercing the inside of the hook channel. Ouch!

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One thought on “Upside-down Hooks

  1. The following comments were imported from our old comment system:

    Posted on 02-06-2006 15:11:27 by rwwarren_01
    I used some hooks which had already been used for a suspension to pull with later that day. The person I pulled with was much taller than me which helped avoid any complications. EIther way, we were very careful and had spotters which is a must if you’re doing something like that.

    Posted on 02-06-2006 23:21:57 by outmywindow
    I hope you autoclaved the hooks!

    Posted on 02-07-2006 02:22:26 by *chel*
    I think he means he left the hooks from the suspension in and pulled from that placement.

    While i see the point in it, It’s not hard to remove and reinsert hooks the right way up to do a pull afterwards.

    Posted on 02-07-2006 21:25:06 by rinker
    in my experience it was painful enough to get the hooks in in the first place, i would rather be extra vigilant with the pull that take em out and turn them around.


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