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         cable element.  The  cable element terminates at opposite
         ends thereof in respective gate and spine cable termination
         structures. The one or more housings include a gate hous-
         ing which houses the cable element proximate the gate cable
         termination structure. The gate housing includes a manipu-
         lable locking element. The gate and spine cable termination
         structures have complementary  shapes or structures and
         are configured to provide for changing between a first con-
         figuration of the connecting and anchoring device in which
         the gate and spine cable termination structures are locked
         together so as to inhibit separation thereof, and a second
         configuration  of  the  connecting  and  anchoring  device  in
         which the gate and spine cable termination structures can
         be freely separated  from one another as a consequence  of
         manipulating the locking element.
           With reference to figures 21-24, in an example, the con-
         necting and anchoring device 10 includes a first arm 12 and
         a second arm 14. The second arm 14 is hinged at a hinge
         15 to the first arm 12 so that the second arm 14 can swing
         open. A first cable 16 is provided in a channel 17 formed in
         the first arm 12 and is connected by a loop 18 at a first end
         of the cable 16 to an attachment 20. A second cable 22 is
         provided in a channel 23 formed in the second arm 14 and
         is connected by a loop 24 at a first end of the cable 22 to an
         opening 26 formed in the hinge 15. The second cable 22 is
         connected by a loop 28 at a second end of the cable 22 to an
         attachment 31. The first cable 16 is connected to the second
         cable by interconnecting  a loop  30 at  a second end of the
         cable 16 to the loop 24 of the cable 22.
           The connecting and anchoring device 10 may also include
         a double action snap hook 32. An attachment 34 having an












                                                              Figure 22: Side view of the example connecting and anchoring device.
                                                              opening  34a  is  provided to connect  to a  line  (e.g.,  a  rope)
                                                              or other connection. An example connecting and anchoring
                                                              device 10 is manufactured of an aluminum shape that has a
                                                              groove cut into it. The first and second cable is a wire rope.
                                                              Other suitable materials may also be provided, including
                                                              but not limited to plastic, titanium, copper, brass, synthetic
                                                              materials, rope or cord made of various materials, and addi-
                                                              tional materials such as Spectra or Dyneema high modulus
                                                              polyethylene type materials.
                                                               The combination of rated and non-rated materials con-
                                                              nects together using a small snap hook style connecting
                                                              device that conforms to ANSI standards. In some cases,
                                                              the connecting and anchoring device also removes the
                                                              need for a traditional sling and connector setup to create
                                                              an  anchor  which  is  a  two  handed  operation.  The  terms
                                                              “rated, “unrated” and “non-rated” are used herein to refer
                                                              to materials for fall protection. Rated refers to a product’s
                                                              ability to hold 5,000 lbs static load and means the mate-
                                                              rial is considered trustworthy and strong enough to save
                                                              a person’s life. Unrated or non-rated means that the mate-
                                                              rial is weak and not trustworthy.
         Figure 21: Perspective view of an example connecting and anchoring   The example connecting and anchoring device 10 may be
         device.                                              attached to various types of lanyards to anchors, e.g., in fall

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