The article about the climber in South Carolina who had to be rescued provides more questions than answers. 1. The article said there was another worker on site, didn't he have rescue training? 2. What are the safety requirements of AT&T or their turfing contractors for crews working on their towers? 3. Why didn't his co-worker climb the tower and make sure that he was okay at least or call in the emergency? 4. If you were on the job what would you do? 5. Was there anything here being done against OSHA regulations? Since the company isn't mentioned in the story I'm glad because I don't want to sound like I'm bashing them, but I think we can all learn from this. I'm willing to bet that it took the fire departments and rescue squads hours to get him down the rest of the way. It could have been fatigue, dehydration or a serious medical condition like a TIA, something you don't want to waste precious hours before getting the person to the hospital for treatment. I think you can rely upon the local fire departments to rescue you, but I also believe you have to check in advance to make sure that they can do high aerial rescue. It's frightening to think that if there were no rescuers available they would have to wait another hour or two to bring in a crane that could reach him. And the last question: Why do companies spend a huge amount of money on safety equipment and training, and not require their crews to use it?