Saturday, December 10, 2016

WRAT ( Wireless Rope Access Training ) 

Tower Safety and Instruction is the first to introduce the WRAT (Wireless Rope Access for Telecom).   We have combined the expertise and experience of our Wireless and Sprat Level 3 Instructors to create an experience with the learning skills of two industries into one.  The expertise of our trainers offer and adapting them to the wireless worker, is a needed change for Telecom Training or WRAT.  The wireless industry skills and knowledge of transcending across antennas, cables, RRH’s, and unfortunately mounts that do not allow enough working room and many more obstacles.
   We built our training curriculum knowing what our students are facing.  This is why we formed WRAT ( Wireless Rope Access Technician), it effectively teaches the tower worker with simple, quick rescue techniques, knots required for our industry, fall protection standards and Cognitive learning. 
Tower Safety works closely with industry leaders such as of AHS Rescue, they train and assist with Rope Access, Search & Rescue, Industrial, Power Utility, Water and Fire Rescue.  Our ability to work closely with Dale Stewart, the owner and trainer of AHS Rescue, gives us the opportunity to learn about new equipment the different industries are using and how we can apply them to our wireless environment.  At Tower Safety there is an overall appreciation for all businesses and employees that work at heights.
Our WRAT  program combines our team of trainers with over 20+ plus years in telecom, from pole climbing to underground cable repair to wireless and 20+ years in rope access, rescue and a former behavioral psychologist for the US ARMY. The extensive knowledge and background of each member brings is unsurmountable to the tower worker. 

We, at Tower Safety, know it takes a team to make the Best of the industry, Better!

Tower Safety & Instruction
Where The Best Get Better

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Welding on Towers and the required PPE

Everyone should be 100% tied off, but what if you are about to perform an arc weld with temperatures from 5,000 to 20,000 degrees at 100 feet high and 110 degrees outside? Welding is not a job that can be learned in a couple of weeks and it takes many years to learn this skill.  Before the job can begin, this special group of tower climbers have an additional element of risk to an already dangerous job.  As a safety professional, the awareness of wearing the correct Arc welding PPE for Fall Protection is something that very few address.
Jacob Pobstman
As Tower owners feel the necessity to install more appurtenances, there will be a need for more skilled welders to support the tower structures and an increase in safety concerns- Tight Working Conditions, Fire, RF Safety, and Slips, Trips and Falls.
At AZ Hiking Shack in Phoenix, AZ (, they train and provide the utility lineman their Arc welding PPE requirements. They recently outfitted Tower Safety ‘s Sunland Welding ( Authorized Climber student with an Arc-rated harness, Arc-Rated Lanyards, Arc-Rated positioning strap, Arc- rated ropes, Arc-Rated anchorage straps and leather tool bags.  This special equipment is required for the welders, along with fire retardant clothing, gloves, and welding helmets with a chin strap. Adding more bulk onto their tool bags is the countless amount of fire-retardant blankets to cover the coax.  The average cost to outfit an individual tower climber welder is about 7k, but it’s worth every penny.
                Crown Castle has recently been hosting training seminars and setting the standards towards the importance of welding. The need for a rescue plan, rescue gear, and proper PPE is a vital requirement to protect the tower climber welder!

Where The Best Get Better
Kathy Brand
Tower Safety & Instruction