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A word from one of our safety professionals....."Regarding Ladder and tower climbing systems which come in 3 categories and hopefully this quick explanation will help you choose what’s best for your application.
Ridged rail or track fall protection:
This has the advantage to curve with the tower (most ladders are straight so this rarely applies) and can be connected to a tower leg that bows rather than run straight up, most rail grab sleeves travel well. The disadvantage is mainly cost which is generally more expensive to buy and install, if installed where winter weather can go below freezing the rail system can become locked due to ice build up and the sleeve will not travel on the rail. This can be a huge problem if the tower or ladder needs to be climbed in winter, don't use rail.
Cable System Fall Protection: The cable is general the most widely used system on the market mainly because of lower cost to buy and install. The cable has the advantage of flicking the ice or snow off in winter conditions which makes it a more reliability system for all seasons, most cable grab sleeves travel well.
The disadvantage is that OSHA requires that only one person can be on the cable at the same time. However you can have multi-users but each climber has to get off before another one can get on.
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