I am actually having the local club help me take down a tower/antenna
which I then am going to donate to the club a week from this Saturday.
The XYL and I had exactly the same conversation just last night, how to
protect (liability) during the process. I was going to call ARRL and see
if they had an answer.
Will keep a eye out for any replies and if I get any info I will pass it
along to you and the reflector.
Bill Winkis wrote:
> This brings up an interesting subject ……. Tower Climbers & Law Suits ….
> I had occasion last week to go up one of my
> towers to the 100 foot level to re-string a wire
> pull rope…as I was beginning to go up, this
> gentleman in his early-mid forties stopped on the
> road, came over to the tower, 200 feet inland,
> and said I didn’t need to climb the tower he
> would….I didn’t know this guy from “Adam’s Ant”.
> I politely told him no etc, and he felt hurt and
> I upset that I would not let him go up….
> All I could see is him falling and his wife becoming rich women.
> Every time a member of the local club has a
> antenna project, 20 guys show up...and 3-4-5 end
> up climbing and again I know an injured wife
> would not hesitate in suiting another member of the club, for all he’s worth….
> Now this is something we all have faced at one
> time or another: but has someone some where
> written up a semi or full clad wavier etc to
> protect the home owner ham and something that
> would hold up in case of a law suit…..
> Or do we all go out and buy an Insurance
> Liability Umbrella Policy to protect us... (If
> indeed there is such as thing…!!)
> Or does the ARRL offer such an item…??
> At 12:55 PM 4/3/2008, Paul Christensen wrote:
>>> The conversation on this reflector has pointed me in the proper safe
>>> direction and now I am looking for personal experiences with the full
>>> harness and fall arrest.
>> Probably the most important item at the time of order is an intangible that
>> cannot be purchased on-line: Proper training and use of the harness. I am
>> amazed at the number of folks who will purchase a full-body harness, not
>> knowing the first safety-related issue before they ascend a tower.
>> I routinely draft contracts on behalf of my commercial clients with the
>> stipulation that unless a contracted worker has been put through recognized
>> tower training and rescue course (e.g., Comtrain), they are unauthorized to
>> touch a tower and its components. You cannot completely buy your way into
>> Paul, W9AC
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