[TowerTalk] safety cable addition to Rohn 55

Eugene Jensen eugenejensen at nyc.rr.com
Mon Oct 29 20:45:41 EST 2007

This must make me one of those weird ducks.. I have an SSMW 80 foot tower in
Rohn engineering, as we speak.  ON the list, is a cable tower arrest system
and I personally plan never ever to climb this thing!  But I sure don't ever
want to see a friend or someone I hire professionally fall from it.  The
cost factor may be $500 if that much.  Considering that it is going to cost
me thousands to install it, I just consider it good old fashioned common
sense since we use these at work in climbs down vertical walls on ladders,
and it does give you some sense of security knowing that if you slip, you
are not going to make like Batman and unfortunately, I don't have any wings!
You all be safe.  Gene K2QWD

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] safety cable addition to Rohn 55

In a message dated 10/26/2007 8:23:33 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
towertalk-request at contesting.com writes:

>  Has anyone ever added a safety cable to a Rohn 55G  tower?  

    Rarely but it can be done with no problem. Tower  safety climbs are used

primarily where you have a tower ladder or climbing  bolts because the tower

is pretty big and doesn't have a convenient way  to climb it. Rohn 25G, etc.

OTOH is very easy to climb. 

>   What I am describing is the sort of cable one clips to, using a gizmo 
like  this one:

>  _http://gmesupply.com/product_info.php/products_id/56685_ 

Yes, that's the safety cable trolley. All safety  climbs require one. It 
slides up and down but locks when you put some  downward weight on it. 

>  If you've done this, or know of  it being done, could you provide a 
pointer to  information?

         I'd do a google  search on tower safety climb and that should turn 
up lots of info. 
        I've never seen one on an  amateur installation. More expense for a 
genetically parsimonious hobby. 
Steve     K7LXC

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