Introduction to Fall-Arrest Systems (FAS)
The Missouri Department of Conservation recommends using a fall-arrest system (FAS) that is manufactured to TMA standards. A simple belt device actually can cause injuries by focusing the force of the fall on a relatively small area of the body. Belts have broken ribs and caused internal injuries to organs such as the diaphragm, liver, spleen, or lungs. In other cases, the weight of a person suspended in a three-inch belt has constricted the diaphragm, asphyxiating the hunter within minutes. Single-strap belts and chest harnesses are no longer considered acceptable means of fall arrest.
Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA)
The Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA) is a nonprofit corporation consisting of elevated stand manufacturers and related equipment manufacturers. TMA’s mission is to promote tree stand safety by establishing product manufacturing standards. More information may be obtained by visiting their website at: www.tmastands.com.