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Tower Rescue Training, Videos, Safety and Maintenance
This video series specifically addresses the use of heightec-PMI™ TowerTek (TowerPack) (ANSI Z359.4 2007) for Industrial On-Site Rescue after a fall.
Also available in DVD format.
These digital download video adaptations of the DVDs, “Tower Rescue for Emergency Responders” and
“Tower Rescue for Tower Workers”, present basic and advanced rope rescue techniques designed for the
respective personnel when called on to rescue victims in need of assistance on electrical towers and structural locations.
Also available in DVD format. See Tower Rescue For ...Emergency Responders (DVD) and Tower Workers (DVD).
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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).
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.