In a message dated 5/26/04 3:57:12 AM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
> One surely needs more than just a belt (e.g., hard hat, sturdy boots),
> but why would a lineman's belt not suffice for the belt component of the
Okay, we've all climbed and worked using a simple waist safety belt. But
it is a potentially dangerous piece of safety equipment - if you fell and were
caught by this belt in an upright position, the belt could be pulled up to
your chest and the pressure on your diaphragm could suffocate you. The waist
safety belt is no longer approved by OSHA.
The OSHA compliant rig now is a fall arrest harness with a D-ring between
your shoulder blades. The fall arrest lanyard is attached to it and the other
end is hooked somewhere above you so that if you peel off, you're caught in a
natural, non-lethal position.
Since the OSHA rules only apply to persons that are doing it for a
profession and getting paid, you as a ham and weekend tower jock don't have to
follow their rules. OTOH being attached to a tower as your waist positioning
is unhooked and you're moving around the tower is a GOOD THING.
The other thing about OSHA rules is that you need to be attached to the
tower 100% of the time; using your fall arrest lanyard as you climb is one way
to do that.
Champion Radio Products
Purveyors of professional OSHA approved safety equipment
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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