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Tower Rescue: A Growing Need

Towers serve a number of purposes, including carrying electrical transmission lines and supporting communications networks. The number of towers erected is increasing by the thousands each year (including remote wilderness areas).

Tower rescues can include workers involved with building or maintaining a tower or who have been injured or have suffered a sudden illness. These rescues are hazardous in many ways.

Besides the obvious danger of working at height, towers expose rescuers to hazards they may not normally encounter on the ground. The hazards on an electrical transmission line tower involve not just the transmission lines themselves, but also the minimum air distances (MAD) around those lines. OSHA has published a chart that shows the MAD workers, tools and equipment must be kept clear of different voltage lines (OSHA CPL 2-1.36).

Tower training must begin with the appropriate hazard awareness training. Whether it is awareness training on the hazards of electromagnetic energy/radio frequency (EME/RF) or on the hazards associated with electrical transmission lines, no rescues or trainees should be permitted on an active tower until they have had this training. The initial hands on training should be conducted under the guidance of qualified instructors and training company.

Rescue Procedures with OSHA (Communication and Transmission) 1910 For more information visit (www.osha.org)

If you are successful in implementing fall protection, you will inherently create a new safety concern for the climber. The whole concept of fall arrest dictates the necessity of rescuing the worker who has fallen. Without fall arrest, there is rarely a need to "rescue" a fallen worker just to "replace" him. With fall arrest equipment properly used, a fallen climber can become a helpless victim. Instead of falling 200 feet, as in the opening example, our climber will fall a maximum of 9« feet and remain suspended nearly 190 feet in the air. This raises a number of questions. How long can the climber remain suspended before the climber begins to suffer? How can you reach the climber and get him safely to the ground? Who can rescue the climber? You must address these questions and implement solutions to the problem.
by Winton Wilcox Jr. Wilcox is president of Comtrain, communications training and consultants, Monro

The employer shall establish procedures for prompt rescue of employees in the event of an emergency, either by means of an employee initiated rescue or by one implemented by a third party.

Employer to Perform Rescue Procedures

An employer whose employees have been designated to provide elevated (high angle) rescue and emergency services shall take the following measures:

A. Ensure at least two trained and designated rescue employees are on site when work (over six feet) is being done.

B. Ensure that personal protective equipment (PPE) and high angle rescue equipment needed to conduct elevated rescue are provided.

C. Training designated rescue employees so they are proficient in the use and maintenance of PPE and high angle rescue equipment.

D. Train designated rescue employees to perform assigned rescue duties to ensure that they become competent to perform such duties… once every 12 months.

E. The training shall establish proficiency in the duties required by this section.

Third Party to Perform Rescue Procedures

An employer who designates a third party rescue and emergency service to provide elevated (high angle) rescue and emergency services shall take the following measures:

A. Evaluate a prospective rescuer’s ability to respond to a rescue summons in a timely manner.

B. Evaluate a prospective rescuer’s service ability: proficiency and equipment.

C. Inform rescue team of hazards and locations of where the workers will be, as well their contact information.

D. Provide the rescue team or service with access to all towers or structures.

The effort to select the correct equipment and to develop rescue technique is much more difficult than not. Because of the wide array of answers to this problem, OSHA is flexible. The objective of a timely and safe retrieval is to get the climber to safety. Investigate equipment suppliers and challenge their answers in terms of your specific needs. You may need to incorporate several rescue tools and techniques in your program to ensure that you, your employees and your contractors are protected from this hostile environment. Talk to other climbers, associations and companies sharing the problem. Experiment, test and confirm that your climbers can and will be rescued and returned to safety.

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