HSS Lifeline Saves Rob Kaufhold’s Life

It’s that time of the year when the big buck photos and stories start rolling in every day through our social media platforms. But unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when treestand accident photos and stories start coming through as well.


The treestand that dumped Rob from the platform.

I cringed last night when I saw Rob Kaufhold, of Lancaster Archery post a testimonial and photos from an ugly situation that could have been deadly had he not been wearing his Lifeline from Hunter Safety System. He’s bruised, but not broken. And he now wants other people to hear his story in hopes that they might hunt safer when they climb into the tree.

Here’s Rob’s Facebook post following his treestand accident…

PLEASE, use a safety harness AND a Lifeline! Last week, the Lord spared me from what could have been a horrific 24 foot fall from a treestand on my place in Ohio. The aging support cables broke just as I put my second foot and all my weight onto the platform. One moment I was admiring the gorgeous view and a nano-second later, I was hanging from the harness, in surprising comfort. I got my wits about me to see what happened and pulled myself over to the stick ladder. Only bruised my arm I hit on a step of the stick ladder on the 4′ sudden descent. I’m thankful that I’m still here for my wife, kids, family and friends. Also grateful for HSS/ Hunter Safety Systems for their Safety harness and 30′ Lifeline that I hooked to from the ground up. #gravityisforreal 


Bruised, but still alive to share his story.

Thank God safety harnesses and the Lifeline! We’re glad you’re still around to tell your story, Rob!

Treestands will eventually wear out or malfunction. That’s why it is so important to stay anchored at all times. There’s no excuse for not staying safely anchored from the ground up with the Lifeline. Check out all the gear to keep you safe when treestand hunting at www.huntersafetysystem.com


  1. Roger Ruchti says:

    Had a similar situation in South Central Iowa a few weeks back. Only in this case one cable broke right at the loop crimp. The guy didn’t fall as he still had hold of the sticks and the stand base just twisted. This got me wondering why there is not a solid support angled from the outside of the platform back to the tree? We used to brace all our wood platforms from under neath, not from the top. I am talking long before hang on stands.

  2. Ben Maggos says:

    Spine tingling story. I’m 39 years old and have only been using a safety harness for the past 10 years or so. I dodged a bullet no doubt on every occasion I hung and hunted. The most notable was after pulling a stand and realizing I never fully secured the cinch buckle and didn’t install the pin. I had been sitting for 4 hours. Standing and sitting and shifting my weight the whole time.


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