South Carolina Rescue Questions

Discussion in 'Climbing Towers' started by JP Jones, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. JP Jones

    JP Jones Friend of the Community

    The gentleman has some really good point and most are very common questions in a rescue class discussion.

    Here are some things to consider:

    1. OSHA says as employers you have to be able to render aid in the event of an emergency in an acceptable amount of time. This means numerous things. The first is that an acceptable amount of time means "RIGHT NOW", immediately in all cases. This in turn means that in order to do so the employer must send at least two climbers to the job site who are trained in tower rescue and they need to be current and compliant to the Z359 Fall Protection standard and also in CPR and First Aid.
    In this case we do not know what the situation was with either the climber or the second person that was on the ground. It is useless to only have one person trained in CPR and tower rescue.In most cases, they will be the injured one.

    2. This year we have seem more rescues performed by first responders outside of the telecommunications tower industry. This may just be coincidence. The bottom line on these individuals is that the chance of them ever actually being trained on a lattice type structure is probably slim to none. In 16 years as a senior Fall Protection and Rescue Instructor, I can tell you that the fire fighters and high angle rescue teams that I have taught were very glad to get that type of training and that for some reason they are rarely sent to a specialized tower rescue training course. They will definitely tell you that high angle rescues and tower rescues are similar in a very few ways. In this particular rescue mission there were responders from five different resources there on site to rescue one individual. God love our Fire departments for all of the courageous work they do to save lives but don't forget who lives and breathes towers everyday. You should be the best first responder in your world.

    3. As far as AT&T goes, their standards are as strict and straight forward as any other carrier's.
    They expect all of their contractors to adhere to all OSHA and ANSI regulations and Standards. They would not allow any crew to perform any work that was not compliant.

    4. Before any tower crew of any size steps up on the steel they should have filled out some type of pre-climb checklist. It should cover all necessary topics such as rescue training and CPR verification, equipment inspection, scope of work, location of nearest emergency facility, 911 procedures, and rescue plan. When this individual went up the tower it should have been clear to he and the individual on the ground what the procedure were going to be if either person got injured or in a bind. There should always be radio communications between the tower and the ground, especially when there are only two workers on sight.

    Climb Safely My Friends,

    JP Jones
    VP of Training
    Safety LMS

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