In a message dated 6/27/2007 6:59:57 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> You have a choice.
> One, climb the tower and hope it does not fail.
> Two, call a professional with a crane and have him do it the safer way.
> The second choice is more expensive but what is your health and life
I was saddened to hear of Joey's accident. Fortunately real tower
accidents are few and far between.
THE MOST DANGEROUS TOWER ACTIVITY YOU CAN DO IS TO TAKE DOWN A TOWER
THAT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT! Joe Rudi, NK7U, also had an accident recently in
the same scenario. I'm sure there are more we don't hear about.
A previous post about inspecting everything was very good. But there's
probably a reason why you have a gut feeling about something not being right
sometimes. If there's ANY doubt in your mind, walk away from it. I've done
that several times myself and have never regretted it If you're still
in getting it down, call in the pros.
The best thing to do is to get a two- hook crane in there. That way the
crane can run you up in the man-basket with one hook to attach the slings to
the top of the tower with the other hook, then you get lowered off and the
second hook can pick the tower up. I've done this with 100' 25G towers with no
problem. Since someone has to be at the top of the tower to rig it for
lowering, this is the way you do it so you don't have to climb it. In both
there was NO WAY I was going to climb those towers.
Cheers & climb safe,
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