Discussion in 'Safety - General Safety Issues' started by tombaisley, Nov 26, 2014.
Saftey comes from the top, tower owners, employers... etc whats this guy doing
This is truly a sad example of as you say "how not to climb". Attaching a 6' fall arrest lanyard to a safety climb and having it follow you up the tower is the same as the free climbing he does when it gets snagged. The safety climb is not a fall arrest anchor point but a fall restraint anchor point and is only designed to handle the fall of a person falling less than 2'. What is most shocking is that everyone standing on the ground has nothing to say about it either and simply lets it be (assuming everyone knows better). The fact the guy seems like a good climber doing the wrong thing is the problem. This is what leads to fatalities and industry recognition for a dangerous job. There is no room at the table for such actions and it should be stopped.
Safety does come from the top down as well as the bottom up. It is up to the employer to create such policy and practice and ensure his/her employees are operating safely as well as it is the climbers job to ensure that what they are doing is safe. A failure in any part of that system leads to not properly trained personnel, unequipped management and an overall "who cares" attitude which can not be sustained.
Thank you for posting the video. As I watched the video through its duration I was trying to see that the video was old and this is not still happening but could only find newer vehicles and equipment showing it was.... Please readers do not operate like this.
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