GLOSSARY

Anchorage

A component/structure to which a full-body fall arrest harness (FBH) is attached to the tree trunk.

Climbing Belt

A strap/belt (or system of straps) which is fastened about the person in a manner so as to contain the torso and stabilize the users horizontal load while either working from a vertical position to attach treestands, climbing devices, and so forth, or during ascent/descent of tree or ladder. A FBH may be constructed to additionally serve this function.

Connecting Hardware

Includes snap hooks, D-rings, carabineers, links, anchorage hardware, and buckles. Any hardware that connects the fall-arrest system components in series, thus creating a linear linkage along which the maximum arrest force (MAF) acts.

Elevated Position

Being in a position above ground level.

Expiration Date

Every product has an expiration date which is usually shown on the label. When a product has passed its expiration date, the product should be replaced. Sometimes individual components such as ratchet straps can be replaced. Consult the manufacturer’s instruction manual or contact the manufacturer if you have any questions.

Full-Body Fall Arrest Harness (Aftermarket)

A full-body fall arrest harness system offered for sale which does not come standard with a treestand. Aftermarket harnesses typically offer more features and potential accessory options over OEM harness systems.

Full-Body Fall Arrest Harness (OEM)

A treestand and/or treestand component manufacturer provided full-body fall arrest harness.

Full-Body Fall Arrest System

A potential life-saving device which comprises of a system that is assembled for the purpose of arresting an accidental fall of its user. A FAS consists of a full body harness, tether (sometimes referred to as a “lanyard”), anchorage means (i.e., “tree belt”), suspension relief device and in some instances, depending on treestand style, linemen’s or climbing belt.

Full-Body Harness

Component with a design of straps that is fastened about the person in a manner so as to contain the torso and distribute the fall arrest forces over at least the upper thighs, pelvis, chest, and shoulders, with means for attaching it to other components or subsystems.

Ground Level

Being on, or standing on the ground.

Lanyard

A component consisting of a flexible strap, rope, or wire rope for connecting a component such as a FBH directly or indirectly to an anchorage.

Leg Straps

That portion of the full-body fall arrest harness which wraps around the legs.

Lineman’s Style Climbing Belt

A strap or rope (belt) which connects to the left and right side of a full body harness. The lineman’s style climbing belt goes around the tree to aid in climbing, and installing Hang-on (fixed-position) stands. The lineman’s style climbing belt is used in conjunction with a full-body fall arrest harness system which is attached to the tree.

Man-Made Treestands/Structures

Can be any structure made by man, including: power generation equipment, telephone/power poles, manmade columns or structures. Do not use any stand on or near any manmade structures.

Manufacturer’s Instructions

Every product comes with a written set of instructions. These instructions contain critical information on how to safely assemble, install, and use the product. You must keep these instructions the entire time you own the stand and pass it on to others who borrow or purchase the stand. The instructions should be reviewed at least annually.

Manufacturer’s Warnings

Every manufacturer has issued warnings related to using their equipment above ground level. These warnings are contained in the manufacturer’s instruction manual and other specific locations, depending upon the type of product.

Maximum Arrest Force

The maximum force acting on the body at the instant of an arrest of its free fall. Multiple user rated capacity (MUR), the maximum load capacity, not to be exceeded, of a treestand, tripod or tower stand as determined by the manufacturer for simultaneous multiple users.

Maximum Rated Capacity

The maximum load capacity, not to be exceeded, of a treestand, harness, climbing stick, tripod, or tower stand as determined by the manufacturer.

Rated Capacity

The maximum load capacity, not to be exceeded, of a treestand, climbing stick, tripod, or tower stand as determined by the manufacturer.

Shock Absorbers

A component used to reduce/absorb the energy gained by the user of the FAS when falling.

Shoulder Straps

That portion of the full-body fall arrest harness which wraps over the shoulders.

Signal Device

Can be any device that enables the user to alert others for help. Examples include, but are not limited to, a mobile phone, radio, whistle, signal flare or personal locator device.

Signs of Wear

Any indication of damage that could be caused by a wide range of things including the outdoor elements, sun, freezing temperatures, aging equipment, animals, tree growth, etc. Some examples are: cracking, torn fibers, looseness, fading, etc.

Suspension Relief Device

Device to allow relief of a person’s weight on the lower extremities if suspended in a harness or allow the user to descend to the ground. The device is to help maintain circulation in the legs and help prevent suspension trauma (blood pooling).

Suspension Trauma

If you hang suspended in a harness, the circulation in your legs will be restricted which causes blood pooling in the legs. Suspension trauma can be fatal! You must get back into your treestand or get back down to the ground as soon as possible. If you cannot, you must use a suspension relief device and do other forms of continuous leg exercises until help arrives.

Tether Strap

A strap that connects your harness to the tree belt. The tree belt should be adjusted to eye-level or above when standing and the tether (also sometimes referred to as the “lanyard”) strap should have no slack in the tether when sitting.

Thigh/Leg Straps

The straps, which are integrated with the buttock strap (optional) and are routed from back to front across the groin area or loop around the upper part of the thigh.

TMA

The Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA) is a nonprofit trade association that specifically devotes its resources to promoting treestand safety through education. It endeavors to improve treestand safety with the support of its members and also by fostering relationships with organizations having similar goals. Their website address is www.tmastands.org.

Tree Belt

A strap that wraps around the trunk of the tree, from which you attach your tether strap. The tree belt should be adjusted to eye level or above when standing and the tether strap should have no slack in the tether when sitting.

User

The consumer or end user of the manufactured product.

Vest Style Harness

A vest that has a Full Body Harness incorporated into the vest. If you use a vest style harness, make sure it meets industry standards recognized by TMA.

Waist Belt

That portion of the full-body fall arrest harness which wraps around the waist.