Yes, with good judgment, your feet snugly secure in the steps, and an upright body position with your
hands around the mast, you are much safer than sitting in a bosun’s chair where your body is situated such that any wave disturbance, dockside or otherwise, can send you flying, to say nothing of halyard breakage. Also when working with the workbelt properly deployed and your feet firmly in the batten stiffened adjacent steps, you are safe and comfortable, as much as you can be 30 plus feet in the air.