Among other, very wise comments from Steve, someone who's been there, done
> BTW falling while using a lineman's belt and lanyard around the tower
>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.
>comment. >Cheers, Steve K7LXC TOWER TECH - >Professional tower
>services for hams
I see the classic single climbing belt is being pushed out of use, for
better, safer techniques and equpment. I used the single strap belt for
years in (cable TV) industry, decades ago. Even went through training on
Gaffing poles that had no steps.
You have not lived, until you are in your CATV climbing class, on a bare
wooden training pole, gaining confidence by gaffing (climbing spikes)
eventually up to the, say 40ft level. Instructor on the ground coaching
your every move, and telling you your fear and inability to move a muscle up
there is only a mental issue. (as in extreme interest in self
preservation). All in your head... it is really easy....
At that time, the technique was to have your heavy, hooked strap hanging
with both ends on your rigiht side D-Ring while ascending. Once at the
top of the bare pole, with your gaffs solidly set and angled in (your butt
out) you removed your right hand from its death grip on the pole, and with
with the left hand keeping your life in the balance, on the pole, you remove
your right hand, from the pole, usnapped one hook from the D ring, carried
it around the pole, set your right hand, around the pole, handed the hook to
your left hand, and the with your left hand, carried the strap, and snapped
it to the left D-Ring.. (from 40 ft up, on two teeny spikes sticking into
a very splintery wood pole).... gives me the willies just recalling it.
One thing we were trained to do was to wear the single belt much lower
around our butt than a lot of folks do, and to cinch it up tight. As I
recall, if positioned properly and snug, it could not slide up around your
hips, and hang you on your diaphragm, or armpits. But I dont know
now...Things have changed for the better. What were acceptable
risks/techniques in the past are now just not acceptable, and we are better
off for it.
My other passion is also a risky activity.... Motorsports. Look up on You
Tube for laps with on board cameras, around Lemans. In a similar way,
safety standards have vastly improved for road raciing in modern times.
To show how that has changed, look at a You tube Lap around LeMans of a
racer of the 50s doing an on board Filmed lap for publicity in a D Jaguar.
While he is at near racing speeds doing/filming the demo, there are
bicyclists, walkers, people ON THE TRACK while he whizzes by. Not much in
the way of walls or barriers to the trees, driveways, rocks, stumps, etc,
that whizz by at 170 plus mph.
Of course, do a You tube search with Derek Bell, in the Porsche 962 at 380
kph on the Mulsanne straight before they put chicanes in it. Some (less) of
the roadside trees, rocks, driveways are still there just off the roadway.
Sincerely, Pat Barthelow firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamesburg Earth Station Moon Bounce Team
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