Re: [HARC] Re: [MichiganFoxHunter] For all the tower climbers out there, safety first
- Try northern safety I just bought a 3m harness for about 69 bucks. Front, back, and side D rings.
On Apr 14, 2013, at 14:15, Alan Beagley <ajbeagley@...> wrote:
> 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
>> It’s pretty much the same for any harness though, if it looks bad, it is
>> 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
>> Mark K8MHZ
>> -----Original Message-----
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