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Re: [TowerTalk] 2 questions - one answer

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 2 questions - one answer
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2007 14:21:02 EDT
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In a message dated 5/24/2007 8:19:09 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

>      2nd question:I want to make my tower  climbing safer.I use a linemans 
belt with a strap around the tower.That  leaves me not fastened while 
climbing,not good.I'm not sure of the proper  terms but I want a way to be 
attached at all times.I think I need a D hook  on my chest with a strap with 
3 hooks on it,one for the harness and 2 for  the tower so that as I climb I 
would ALWAYS be connected.Does anyone  understand what I 'm trying to get 
    Sure. The chest D-ring is for when you're  clipping into something in 
front of you; e.g. a tower safety climb cable. I  think they're popular with 
window washers too. 
    What you need is a tower suitable fall arrest  harness that has a D-ring 
between your shoulder blades. That's what catches  you in case you peel off. 
>  Also,how do hook on when your standing on the top thrust  bearing plate 
and your looking at your mast,do you attach a couple of  U-bolts with a hook 
in between to hook onto or....?
    Since you need the fall arrest lanyard attached  above you, a simple way 
to do it is with a 1" nylon loop sling (you are  using them for your tower 
work, aren't you?). You can wrap it around the mast  as a choker and hook the 
lanyard into the loop. Easy on - easy off.  

I also use a short positioning lanyard for  standing next to the mast. It's 
just long enough to go from one waist D-ring  to the other and will attach you 
closely to anything including tower legs,  braces, etc. Standing on the top of 
a tower, holding on with one hand while  you wrap your long positioning 
lanyard around the mast a couple of times is to  be avoided if possible. 
    BTW falling while using a lineman's belt  and lanyard around the tower is 
potentially fatal as you'll slip  thru the belt and it'll wind up at the 
bottom of your  ribcage, immobilizing your diaphragm and suffocating you. Just 
Steve     K7LXC
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