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[TowerTalk] Climbing Safely - Permanent Fall Protection Works!

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Climbing Safely - Permanent Fall Protection Works!
From: (Jim W7RY)
Date: Fri Aug 8 21:50:10 2003
Here is my simple soultion....

ALWAYS stay 100% connected.

Pretty easy and very cost effective...

Jim W7RY

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Levin" <>
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Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 9:55 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Climbing Safely - Permanent Fall Protection Works!

> I wanted to take advantage of this topic being raised to
> plug my favorite tower safety topic - permanently installed
> fall protection systems.
> You can see an example of such a system at -
> but that implementation is just one way to go.
> The key concept here is the installation of a permanent
> safety cable that is fastened securely to the top of
> your tower.  The cable, typically a 3/8" galvanized
> steel cable, then runs down the side of the tower and
> is left there as a fixture of the tower.
> To climb, you simply clip a so called 'rope grab'
> (also called a 'cable grab' or 'slider') onto the
> cable at the bottom, attach your OSHA approved
> impact absorbing fall arrest lanyard using a
> locking carabiner, and climb.  From the time you
> leave the ground until you return, you are always
> secured to your fall protection.  No more Y lanyards,
> no more clipping and unclipping at height. When
> you get back to the ground, you unclip from the cable,
> remove your cable grab (and take it with you), and
> walk away - leaving the cable on the tower.
> Yes, it costs some money.  For a typical 100' tower,
> you are looking at something like $500 for the cable
> kit and 'slider'.  But in the context of your typical
> ham tower project, that is less than the cost of the
> concrete for the base.  To me, it is an investment
> that makes a ton of sense.  Unfortunatly, most
> hams aren't aware of these systems, and I see very
> few ham towers that have them installed.  I hope
> this email will raise the awareness a small bit,
> and thus help raise our community's safety as well.
>                  ***dan, K6IF
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