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Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Climbing Harness

To: Brent Childers <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Climbing Harness
From: Dennis Severns <>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 00:12:15 -0700 (PDT)
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The exofit seems to be a very good tower harness, I do not use one myself, but 
other crew members with the tower company I work for use them.

You should consider if you really need that much harness, Tower harnesses are 
normally designed  to keep the worker tied off 100% of the time (when used with 
the proper fall protection lanyards, positioning devices and safety climbing 
devices). That is the reason for the six D-rings on the harness, The back 
D-ring is for attaching a fall protection lanyard, normally a double lanyard 
with large ladder hooks for clipping to the tower. The front chest D-ring is 
for use of a cable grab that is attached to a safety climb cable permanently 
mounted on the climbing ladder on most newer commercial towers (not needed on 
most ham radio towers)
And the four side D-rings are for positioning either using a positioning 
lanyard or re-bar hooks. one good feature of the exofit is the built in bosun's 
seat that really helps if you have to spend a long time in the harness.

I personally use an Elk River Tower harness that I found in a  Pawn shop  for 
less than  $80.00 and like it  a lot. It sells new for about the same as the 
DBI Sala Exofit. If you do not need all the features of a full tower harness 
you may be better off going with just a full body harness with side D-rings. 
also there are some very nice harnesses made for rescue and entertainment 
rigging that would be worth looking at.

Some companies to look at on the web are of course DBI Sala, Elk River, Miller, 
MSA, Petzl work solutions, Yates, Rescue Technology and CMC rescue. Petzl and 
Yates make some very nice harnesses that are  used by friends of mine in the 
arena rigging industry

Good luck with whatever you decide to go with and stay safe on the steel.

Dennis Severns kc0sul
Professional.Tower Tech/Rigger

Brent Childers <> wrote: To All,

I am in the market for a new tower climbing harness.  I am interested in 
hearing from the group on their recommendations.

My criteria are:

1. Safety
2. Comfort
3. Cost

I am considering the ExoFit? Full Body Harnesses as it looks to be very well 
built and comfortable.

So please respond directly and I will summarize for the group.

73 - Brent

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