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post #6 of Old 03-23-2002
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Safety Lines with Flags?!

Sounds like the "flag" they mean is simply an indicator, such as a fiber in the line that changes color if that stress is reached, not a flag such as might be worked into a lead line to mark fathoms. 200kgf (two hundred kilos of force?) sounds quite low for a threshold, however. I''m glad my safety lines were all purchsed in 2000, and are strong enough to hold better than half a ton. Does this rule mean that instead of erring on the side of caution, safety lines can now become weaker, to meet the bare minimum of 200kgf, since they have to be replaced then, as a "matter of urgency" anyway? Perhaps 200kgf is more than I think, but it doesn''t make complete sense to me. I''d rather have a harness I could have faith in, even AFTER I''d been tossed around a bit.
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