I've spent the last few weekends changing stand straps and getting things together for the opener....made a point to pick up my son a new harness, and sure enough while setting new straps on and old lockon at the farm last night, he was kneeling on the platform, with his arms around the tree trying to hook up the new strap, when the old one on top let loose. The stand tipped and flipped over on the bottom old strap, and he was bear hugging the tree with all his might....I was laughing hard since he was strapped in, harness secure, and his safetyline only had about 4 inches of slack in it...I told to let go of the damn tree and fix the stand....and he promptly did so, hanging by the seat of his pants from his harness.....I think he now knows how important that harness is....We had 3 deaths and 2 serious injuries in NJ last year from tree stand falls with no harness.....The season opens in a week and a wakeup. Lets try and make it "0" this year. ALWAY WEAR A HARNESS when climbing up, down, or otherwise sitting on stand!!!