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Re: [TowerTalk] Roswell Tower Accident

To: "'Pete Smith'" <>,"'Ethan'" <>,"'TowerTalk'" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Roswell Tower Accident
From: "David Calder" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 13:13:05 -0400
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I actually use the below but you got the point. Good call.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Pete Smith
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 1:02 PM
To: David Calder; 'Ethan'; 'TowerTalk'
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Roswell Tower Accident

For those who agree, check this out --
. I just ordered one.

Recommended by a savvy friend, who has one - and it is only about half the
price of many other alternatives.  Has Gorilla hooks as an aid to hooking
onto somewhere adequately strong.

73, Pete N4ZR

At 12:29 PM 10/26/2007, David Calder wrote:

>If he had two lanyards or one with two hooks and hooked the other up 
>below the guys BEFORE he unclipped the one above, he would be in this 
>thread with us. USE more than one.
>May he rest in peace.
>Dave n4zkf
>-----Original Message-----
>[] On Behalf Of Ethan
>Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 12:20 PM
>To: 'TowerTalk'
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Roswell Tower Accident
>Doug Renwick wrote:
> > If this description of the fatal event is correct then one 
> > possibility is that being belted-in in his decent may have contributed
to his fall.
> > If he used both hands to unhook his positioning lanyard (reason
> > unknown) to get around the guy station, and lost his balance then 
> > that could explain what happened.  Yes if he had used a fall-arrest 
> > lanyard it could have changed the outcome.
> > IMO if the use of 'safety' equipment increases your risk then it is 
> > not doing the job.  If the 'safety' equipment complicates, 
> > interferes, tangles, etc. then it will increase the risk and be a
> > Don't waste your time emailing me about risk.  Everyone takes a risk 
> > when they put their first foot on the tower rung.  Don't climb when 
> > you are tired, out of physical condition, don't rush, focus on what 
> > you are doing, if what you are about to do doesn't feel right - 
> > don't do
> >
> > Doug
> >
>Improper equipment or improper use can contribute to increased accident 
>risk, to be sure!  But you sound to me just like the person who refuses 
>to wear a seatbelt while driving, saying it might trap him in the car, 
>while totally ignoring what could happen if he has an accident without 
>the seatbelt.  If you don't have proper safety equipment or don't know 
>how to use your equipment properly, don't climb!  The safety record of 
>the tower maintenance industry is dismal, and it's getting the 
>attention of people who would just love to add tower climbing to the list
of regulated activities.
>If, one day, we hear that hams no longer can do our own tower work due 
>to regulations, we will have people like you to blame for it!  Get off 
>the tower!
>Ethan KC8HES
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