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Subject: [TowerTalk] Mast steps
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Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999 10:43:44 EDT
In a message dated 99-08-17 04:09:55 EDT, writes:

> What's the general opinion of using an adjustable rock-climbing lanyard?
>  I've seen 6-foot woven lanyards with a series of woven loops sewn to them.
>  You thread one end of the lanyard through one of the D-rings on your belt
>  (eliminating the need for a carabiner or clip on that end), then put a
>  carbiner through any one of the loops to attach it to the other D-ring on
>  your belt. That way, the lanyard can be adjusted to any length up to 6 
>  Basically, it's two parallel runs of woven material, one on top of the
>  other. The top layer is bunched up into a series of loops, which are 
>  stitched to the bottom layer. This is so that in the unlikely event that 
>  stiching on a loop gives way, your carabiner is caught by the next loop 
>  the next loop, and so on.) Anybody ever used one of these or is there a
>  reason why they shouldn't be used for tower work?
        The use of these sewn nylon loops (along with carabiners) are the 
'secrets' of tower work since you can use them for chokers for lifting masts, 
tower sections, etc. 

       But I don't recommend them for day-in-day-out man-safety lanyard use. 
They are used by climbers but not OSHA approved for man-safety. My 
recommendation is to use tower climbing equipment for tower work and mountain 
climbing equipment for mountain climbing. The exceptions being carabiners and 
slings that are used for non-man-safety applications (loads, etc.).

Cheers,   Steve    K7LXC
Champion Radio Products

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