I am with the original poster here... I want a harness to catch me in case I fall off the 30ft ladder or somehow slip off my scaffold. It sounds like you think that the harness is unnecessary when using a ladder or scaffold. Is there some other method of protecting yourself from falling all the way to the ground when using a ladder/scaffold?
shazapple wrote:I think it's an excellent tool... when used properly, which includes thinking about what happens after you fall. You can't assume you or your helper can save you and you can't assume the fire department can get there in time. You need a rescue plan that consists of trained people and expensive equipment, which i think are out of the realm of the average DIYer. Even most roofing companies avoid harnesses in favour of simpler methods.
The best method to protect yourself from falling is proper setup and use of scaffolding or ladders. Good guardrails and planks for your scaffolding that is anchored to the building. Proper setup for your ladder; 1:4 slope, solid ground, both rails supported, 3 rungs above the supporting surface, tied off at the top (I've seem people use locking pliers on metal flashing and tied to the ladder to stop it from sliding). Keep your weight between the rails, 3 points of contact when you are ascending/descending, keep your boots and ladder clean. Finally, buy a decent grade 1 or 2 aluminum ladder, not the grade 3 home depot special.
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