[TowerTalk] Navaho Vario Climbing belt

K7LXC@aol.com K7LXC@aol.com
Sun, 2 May 1999 10:11:18 EDT

In a message dated 99-05-02 09:46:37 EDT, kb4kkl@worldnet.att.net writes:

> Just for the record - the Petzl Navaho Vario 79 has side D-rings to
>  accommodate work-positioning.

     I stand corrected. The aforementioned D-rings are not visible in the 
website photo.

>   Fall arrest is via the front ring with
>  whatever arrangement the user chooses - cowtail or other.

     This is not a fall arrest harness and the front D-ring is used for 
positioning - not used for fall arrest. Here's what the Petzl rep said in an 
earlier post:

>> "  Although I am not exactly sure what "amateur radio tower climbing" is, 
I can tell you that this harness is designed only for work positioning and 
not fall arrest.  Work requirements for fall arrest harnesses dictate that 
these harnesses
be full body harnesses." >>

      The problem is that if you were fall with a fall arrest lanyard 
attached to the front D-ring, you would be caught with your body position 
horizontally facing up which would cause probable damage to your spine. A 
fall arrest harness has the fall arrest D-ring between your shoulder blades 
which will catch you in a slumped over and more natural, safer position.

Cheers,   Steve   K7LXC
Champion Radio Products

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