Increasingly, more ridges and hilltops in America have some type of tower. Urban and suburban areas are not immune to seeing anything from wind turbine to tension transmission line towers. At some point, a person will need to climb one of these towers. This can occur during the initial erection of thee tower.
Additionally, it becomes necessary to climb one during inspections, maintenance and installing equipment. With these increases, there is also a greater need for tower rescue training to reduce the number of fatal or near fatal incidents.
Work Claims Could Increase Each Year
Workers who are brave enough to climb these unique structures should have a specialized skill set and equipment that helps them safely perform their jobs. It is best that your business have OSHA standards in place as well as standards set by organizations such as the National Association of Tower Erectors. Both can provide the guidance needed to ensure safety practices are followed and injury claims are few.
Unfortunately, accidents are common on tower structures. With more cell towers constantly being added, there is a risk that accidents may also increase. On average, these towers are seeing a fatality rate close to 100 per 100,000 workers each year.
The preference is to see this number decrease. If you employ tower climbers, it is best to ensure your business is prepared to perform prompt rescues. Training and practice for emergency scenarios will keep your workers prepared to safely and efficiently handle precarious situations.
Rescue Techniques are Easy to Learn
The good thing is tower rescue is not very complicated. Actually, the process is straight forward when compared to other types of rescues such as those in confined spaces, structural collapses or trenches. Nevertheless, specialized training and equipment are necessary so rescuers know what to do and how to do it.
One of the most obvious needs related to equipment is having longer ropes that are typically not required for other types of rescues. In addition, providing one-on-one rescues for a stricken worker is a typical situation. While fewer companies still send a single worker to tower climb, it does occur. You may want to begin a buddy system where two workers at a time climb a tower.
Safe work practices are imperative as you send workers to climb towers for initial installations, inspections or regular maintenance. Seek out the type of professional training that ensures your workers complete the job safely.