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Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Incident Survey

To: "'Towertalk@Contesting. Com'" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Incident Survey
From: "wa5zup" <>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2007 12:44:03 -0600
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Check out

Click on the "news" icon.  You have to scroll down each time to get to the

I have been through their training twice now.  It is excellent hands on
training.  Not a joke like some training is.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Phil Camera
Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2007 11:23 AM
To: 'Towertalk@Contesting. Com'
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Incident Survey

Not sure what you expect from this survey.  Those who died using a full body
harness and fall arrest lanyard as intended probably won't contribute.

I would agree with this.  You won't get any stats on those who didn't

There's many ways to answer this.

My full body harness saves my life every time I go up the tower.

It does when I attach my positioning lanyard and let go with both hands from
the tower.

The pos. lanyard is attached to my harness and so if I wasn't wearing that,
I'd fall.

Now, no I've never had the opportunity to try out my shock absorbing fall
arrest lanyard.....

and there's nothing statistically significant or non-significant about that.

It just means that I've been very careful when working on a tower.

Have I ever suffered a leg cramp up top and needed to rest/work it out?

Have I ever been stung by a wasp while up top?  Yes.

Has an antenna/piece of equipment ever somewhat become out of position and
required my full effort without
regard to my own position on the tower?  Yes

Have I ever had a handhold or foothold slip while ascending?  No   While
descending?  Yes

Have I ever had to quickly grab onto the tower and rest while my pucker
factor subsided?  Yes

Remember, it's that last foot of a fall that hurts.  So it doesn't matter
how high up you started.


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