I am thinking that in this case the tower had some hidden corrosion of the
lower leg/legs and also had a bad lower guy wire. All was OK with the 3 sets
of guys holding everything. however when the remaining portion of the tower
was supported by the lowest set of guy wires only - one of these guys failed
under load and the corroded tower leg then folded in pulling out the poorly
attached wall mounting bracket with it.
Mark N1UK G3ZZM
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Winkis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Blake M" <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 27 June, 2007 7:39 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower ACCIDENT
> This information is all well and good ... it rings with a bell of
> caution ... BUT , how do you know .. ????
> In this case the climber felt all was well until the tower came down
> with him on it .. but now how in the world do you test and determine
> all is OK before you climb.?? Or what steps do you use to protect
> your self ...
> Certainly the professional tower people who partake in this forum
> will have a degree of in site for us .. but it needs to be
> discussed.!!! We've got guys here with 5-10-20 plus years old towers
> ....What is the answer??
> At 10:05 PM 6/26/2007, Blake M wrote:
>>If I had a nickel for every time somebody has told me this line....!!
>>In my experience, what this really means is:
>>"This is a hack-job install, but I really need to make you believe it's OK
>>or else you're going to bolt on me and I'm going to have to fork out major
>>coin for a crane."
>>Simple psych 101.... If you have a pretty girlfriend, you wouldn't have to
>>walk around telling people how pretty she is, now, would you? ;-)
>>[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Richard J. Fiero II
>> The owner told me that he and his Brother Both men about 230 pounds each
>>had been on the tower recently
>>at the same time and that it was strong as an ox.
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