One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A seat suspended from ropes, used in rescues and for work on the body or masts of a ship or the face of a building.
- ‘Suspension belts are independent work supports used to suspend a worker, such as boatswain's chairs or raising or lowering harnesses.’
- ‘Assembly of the longitudinal framing and the other elements of the ship was accomplished by workmen lowered into position on boatswain's chairs or on hanging platforms.’
- ‘Sometimes the sea was such that visitors were hoisted aboard in boatswain's chairs.’
- ‘Wood seats for boatswain's chairs must not be less than 1 inch thick (if made of non-laminated wood), or 5 / 8-inch thick (if made of marine-quality plywood).’
- ‘I'm proclaiming myself an expert because I believe using the rods while standing on scaffolds, balancing on 2-inch beams 30 stories high, hanging in boatswain's chairs, lying upside down under vessels, and cramming myself claustrophobically into vessels while welding qualify me.’
- ‘He quickly arranged to borrow a balloon from Holloman Air Force Base and rigged a boatswain's chair under it.’
- ‘Some were posted as lookouts in boatswain's chairs suspended from the big guns on the turrets, others took up watch on the well deck dressed as aviators in shorts with full flying gear.’
- ‘He had his workers, out-of-work miners mostly, dynamite the rock and then smooth it with drills while seated in boatswain's chairs hung from cables.’
- ‘We did use a boatswain's chair to do the touch-up cleaning.’
- ‘Soon Mitscher had to transfer by boatswain's chair to the destroyer English, which flew his three-starred flag with unaccustomed pride.’
- ‘This improper arrangement allowed the dead end to slip out causing the boatswain's chair to fall.’
- ‘To get to the top of a mast to adjust a wire one would be pulled up in a boatswain's chair by a rope looped through a pulley at the top of the mast.’
- ‘When Gonzalez-Cacho began to lower himself against the side of the building, the boatswain's chair did not support him, and he fell 72 feet to a concrete pathway below the building.’
- ‘Buckets used in boatswain's chair work shall be attached in such a manner that the buckets will not fall.’
- ‘The crew then endured strong winds and bitter cold while dangling from the sky climb and boatswain's chairs - but nothing got in the way of the mission.’
- ‘We made a boatswain's chair to which a single block was attached, passing our long line from the shear legs through the block on the chair.’
- ‘Then he handed the boatswain's chairs to them.’
- ‘The boatswain's chair was rigged and the work of rescue was begun.’
- ‘Mandatory training for workers engaged in the operation of suspended scaffolds or platforms and boatswain's chairs.’
- ‘Workers should not stand, climb or walk on piles of materials without safety equipment like a hoist with a boatswain's chair or a body harness.’
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