|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] Belts/Harness legality|
|From:||Alan AB2OS <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 27 May 2004 16:02:59 -0400|
So where does one buy these things? $75 seems a small price to pay for a
decent safety device.|
On 05/27/04 03:20 pm firstname.lastname@example.org put fingers to keyboard and launched the following message into cyberspace:
You are correct. Spending a couple of hundred dollars on the "proper" safety equipment when you only climb once a year may not make sense. Most funerals do cost less than most tower installations, so why add to the cost! To me, the second sentence pointedly indicates why you do need to spend the money, you only climb the tower once a year and therefore are not as much of an expert as one who does it for a living. As one poster mentioned, you should see the effects to the human body when only a belt is worn and it arrests a fall. Up to 5,000 pounds of force is applied to the body (300 lb. person) when the fall is abruptly stopped. Shock absorbing lanyards (the prescursors to bungee jumping) reduce that force to around 500 pounds and a properly fitted full body harness distributes that force to the strongest bones in the body, i.e. the hips. Hang on and good luck. My full body harness with side mounted D-rings only cost me around $75 which is cheap insurance in my book.
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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