We were at a college graduation at a Prestigious University and this was one strap among many holding up the Big Tent over the assembled students & parents.
Pop quiz: how many safety problems can you count?
- Frayed strap sewn to loop
- Strap passed around hook without thimble
- Knotted strap
- Broken hook safety latch spring
- General corrosion
To their credit, each perimeter pole had two straps and each strap had its own three-stake ground plate. I didn’t inspect the whole tent, but this looked like the only dodgy strap along the side I was standing at.
Note: the graduate wasn’t our daughter, so we didn’t stay for the ceremony. We gabbed it up with all the assembled relations, then split before the speechifying started. Everybody survived.