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Re: [MichiganFoxHunter] For all the tower climbers out there, safety first

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  • Alan Beagley
    I assume that HARC still has the DBI Sala harness I donated. I had bought it on eBay when I was planning to buy a tower I would need to climb, but I
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 14, 2013
      I assume that HARC still has the DBI Sala harness I donated. I had
      bought it on eBay when I was planning to buy a tower I would need to
      climb, but I subsequently decided on a tilt-over crank-up.


      Alan NV8A

      On 04/14/13 09:57 am, Mark wrote:
      > Thanks for thinking of our safety, but the harnesses that are covered in the
      > brochure are not meant for tower climbing. They are designed for fall
      > protection at construction sites. I have spent many hours wearing them (and
      > cursing at them because they are a royal PITA to try to work in….but are
      > proven life savers)
      > Below is a pic of a true tower harness. Note the D ring is in the front,
      > not the back. Also note the extra side rings.
      > Tower Climbing Harness Removable Seat 1113193
      > http://www.towerclimbing.com/
      > It’s pretty much the same for any harness though, if it looks bad, it is
      > bad.
      > A HUGE safety concern is the straight out determination of the integrity of
      > the tower. Who here is really qualified (as in training and experience) to
      > determine if a tower is safe to climb or not? Tube type towers tend to
      > rust from the inside. They may look fine on the outside, but can crumble
      > under the added weight of a climber, and when that happens, harnesses aren’t
      > much good.
      > My advice, coming from many years of both construction work and ham radio
      > operations, is simply don’t climb towers. I don’t know of a single
      > privately owned ham tower too tall to use a man lift on. I have been on
      > them that were rated for 135 feet. Sure, they are expensive buggers, but
      > what is a life worth? Remember, the right equipment to climb the tower isn’
      > t cheap, either. The harness above is about $500. Then you need the other
      > stuff that goes with it, and if you use it a few times, it will likely not
      > pass the stringent inspections for safety applied to climbing harnesses and
      > you will have to get a new one. You still have to wear a harness in the man
      > lift, but they are the type in the brochure. They may also be available for
      > rent at the place the man lift is rented from. Lucky me, I have access to a
      > couple bucket trucks and am in good favor with their owners. There will be
      > no climbing of towers at this QTH.
      > Thanks Tom, for your concern, but the flyer you sent really is not
      > applicable to climbing harnesses. Tom is right on the money with the root
      > of his concern, though, as tower accidents are probably the #1 cause of
      > fatality amongst our likes. Besides falls, contact with electrical lines
      > are a potentially fatal hazard. I hear about those from two fronts.
      > Besides being a ham, I am a licensed electrician. I also have OHSA 10 and
      > OSHA 30 training. Those graphically show the results of falls and
      > electrocutions. So I am a bit more exposed to the risks and results
      > associated with the reward of saving a few bucks.
      > Stay safe, all
      > 73
      > Mark K8MHZ
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: MichiganFoxHunter@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:MichiganFoxHunter@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Tom KD8DEG
      > Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2013 5:06 PM
      > To: WMSAT@yahoogroups.com; WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com;
      > W8USA@yahoogroups.com; MichiganFoxHunter yahoogroup;
      > kalamazoohamradio@yahoogroups.com; k8daa@yahoogroups.com;
      > HollandARCyahoogroups; GRARA@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [MichiganFoxHunter] For all the tower climbers out there, safety
      > first
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