[Ansteorra] Marshalling pole challenge
silverhands at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jan 31 10:23:37 PST 2007
On Jan 31, 2007, at 11:30 AM, Jean Paul de Sens wrote:
> ... If there are no real safety reasons we
> should discuss the need for this rule.
If I may suggest, you might consider revising it into an "ok" and
"not ok" materials list, as well as a simple, verifiable and
repeatable test that can be easily done in the field.
For example (just suggestions):
"ok" = taped rattan, pultruded fiberglass, "oak or other hardwood
that passes a safety test" (or similar wording)
"not ok" = pine dowel rods (i.e. closet rods)
The safety test could be something as simple as supporting the staff
at both ends (e.g. resting on benches) and placing a calibrated
stress on the middle (such as a specific weight, or the inspecting
marshal sitting on it, or something like that). If the staff can take
that stress, it's probably safe no matter what material it's made of.
If it can't take that stress, then it isn't safe -- again, no matter
what it's made of.
Just a thought. That would largely take "religion" out of the debate
over staff materials, and replace it with something akin to science.
I'll bow out now and leave it to you who are more learned and wise in
the way of marshalling requirements. :-)
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