Tower Climber Harnesses

Recently there has been a thread on WISP-Talk about the best tower harness. Rather than going down the road of the best brand I figured I would take a different approach.  I sat down with Lee and Nick from TowerOne Inc. at WISPAPALOOZA 2017 in Las Vegas.

I asked them what they look for in a good harness and here were their top features.

Both said weight was very important.  This makes sense because you will be spending long amounts of time with the harness attached to you. Another feature was the ability to customize the fit.  Belts with synch type adjustments tend to be more comfortable than belt buckles with holes every 1 inch.

Attachment and gear hooks came in next as a must-have feature. Breathability of the material was another one.  After a hot day on the tower, the ability to whisk away as much sweat as possible is vital to be as comfortable as you can.

TowerOne usually brings several different types of harnesses with them to their training events.  This way folks can try things on.  One that has been discovered is people tend to make how the harness is put on an important decision when buying a harness. Some like to put their harness on like a vest.  Others like stepping into the harness and then pulling it up.

So no matter what harness you go with, look into what feature are important to you and how it feels.

Osha Tightens Tower Rules

http://insidetowers.com/osha-tightens-rules/

https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02-01-056.pdf

Executive Summary
This instruction provides general enforcement guidance and procedures for use by compliance  officers during inspections involving hazards associated with using a hoist to take employees to  or from workstations on communication towers. This directive applies to all work activities on communication towers that involve the use of a personnel hoist.

Significant Changes
This directive replaces CPL 02-01-36, dated March 26, 2002. The previous directive provided  compliance guidance for hoisting personnel to or from their workstations during new tower erection only. This directive covers all hoisting of personnel to or from workstations on communication towers