Hand injuries from shrimp boat winches

J Trauma. 1986 Sep;26(9):851-3. doi: 10.1097/00005373-198609000-00014.


Shrimp boat winch injury to the upper extremity was identified in three patients. The injury occurred when the individual's hand became entrapped in the cable and the upper extremity was drawn into the winch mechanism. This resulted in midshaft fractures of one or both bones of the forearm and amputation of a portion of the fourth and fifth fingers. This injury emphasizes the importance of safeguards on the cable system. However, in the absence of safety regulations in the shrimping industry, more of these injuries can be expected.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational*
  • Adult
  • Amputation, Traumatic / surgery
  • Finger Injuries / surgery
  • Forearm Injuries / surgery
  • Fractures, Open / surgery
  • Hand Injuries / etiology*
  • Hand Injuries / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged