I found the previous post relating to the number of times a
climber has been saved by their fall arresting harness interesting.
During my 15 plus years of tower erection and antenna maintenance,
I never experienced any life threatening event. While there were
many dangerous situations, I always took precautions to minimize or
eliminate the hazard.
What I'm seeing now is an over reliance on safety gear and no reliance
on common sense. I'm also seeing a lot of climbers refusing to climb,
yelling its an OSHA safety call when in reality its only inconvenient
conditions to climb for them.
>From what I'm hearing about fall arresting events, the climber was
usually over extending his work zone, i.e. walking six feet out on a
horizontal antenna mount with his safety mount point still on the
tower - expecting it will somehow prevent him from falling. It
won't..it will only save you AFTER you fall.