[TowerTalk] Two Killed Erecting Tower

Bill Coleman AA4LR aa4lr@radio.org
Wed, 22 Mar 2000 15:20:43 -0500

On 3/22/00 2:37 PM, Pete Smith at n4zr@contesting.com wrote:

>At 02:02 PM 3/22/2000 -0500, Bill Coleman AA4LR wrote:
>>So that his loss is not in vain, I have promised myself three things:
>>* I will never climb alone. Someone will always be on the ground 
>>observing to summon help should the unthinkable happen.
>>* I will never climb without a proper safety harness with TWO fall arrest 
>>* One fall arrest lanyard will be clipped into the tower at every moment. 
>>(No free climbing)
>Amen, Bill, and particularly on the third point.  You can even get special
>double fall arrest lanyards that have one snap on the climber's end and
>separate ones for the tower ends.  That way you don't have to use your
>positioning lanyard for the second connection, though that's what I do.
>Champion may have them...

I understood that a positioning lanyard has no stretch, which makes it a 
poor choice for fall arrest service, since it will jerk you to a stop.

My plan was to get a full harness, the type with a D-ring in the back, 
and attach two fall arrest lanyards there, with a positioning lanyard at 
the waist.

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr@radio.org
Quote: "Boot, you transistorized tormentor! Boot!"
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