[TowerTalk] Safety belts, etc

Robert L. Shohet kq2m@mags.net
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 04:24:48 -0800

Robert L. Shohet wrote:
> 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.
> Questions...
> 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!
> 73
> Bob KQ2M

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