[TowerTalk] Safety belts, etc

Robert L. Shohet kq2m@mags.net
Fri, 20 Nov 1998 19:09:25 -0800

Hi all,

With the concrete poured and the tower party only two weeks away, I
wanted to get the learned opinion on safety belts and lanyards....

At a local store I was looking at "Lineman's" belts made by Buckingham
and some tree-climbing belts made by Weaver.  They look a bit different
than the typical climbing belts we are used to, but are rated at several
thousand pounds.  They DO NOT have the wide strap that we put around the
tower and this would require getting a rope to clamp to the o-rings on
both sides.


1) Are the Buckingham and Weaver belts adequate for tower work (Rohn 45
and larger)?  If not, specifically WHAT belt would you recommend and
why?  (I am 5'11", about 212 lbs. and have a size 40 waist)

2) Regarding lanyards and "gorilla hooks", which manufacturers would you
recommend and why?  What lengths should I get?  Approximate cost?

3) Anything else that I should consider? (I have a hard hat already and
will buy steel-shank boots). I have ruled out safety harnesses based on
unhappy experiences that others have had.

As always, your comments, thoughts and experiences are most appreciated!


Bob KQ2M

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