[TowerTalk] Climbing belts/harnesses demonstration
aa4lr at arrl.net
Wed Jun 14 22:10:29 EDT 2006
On Jun 14, 2006, at 10:35 AM, Mike Bragassa wrote:
> 1. Six foot conventional lanyard: 2500# (ouch!)
> 2. Six foot lanyard w/ sewn fold-out layers (shock absorbing): 700#
As ouchy as both these might be, it's still better than the big ouch
at the bottom of the tower.
> He also mentioned that always someone should be present while the
> climber is
> working in the tower and have a plan in the event of a fall.
I ALWAYS do this. I always have a spotter who watches my climb and
can call 911 if I do something stupid.
There was a local ham who did a climb while his wife and kids were
away from the house. It was a slightly drizzly November day, and he
was hand-carrying an MFJ antenna analyzer to the top of the tower. No
telling how high he got, but he lost his grip and fell. When the
family got back home a couple of hours later, he was already dead. If
he had gotten immediate medical attention, he may have survived.
My kids and wife often hate the "spotter" duty, but I won't climb
with out them. Plus, I won't climb in poor conditions, and I am
always hooked to the tower, even though that slows the climb.
> He demo'd one little gadget, like a reeled-up harness, that you
> hook ahead
> of your climb that catch's you immediately; with no drop at all;
> much, I
> think, as a vehicle safety belt does. Gradual movement around the
> tower or
> climbing does not set it off; but a "instant thrust" (my words)
> does; again,
> much like a vehicle safety belt.
Sounds like an Otis-like device. These are used to prevent elevators
Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: aa4lr at arrl.net
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