You did it! You sent out the applications, you put effort into reaching out to tower climber companies and you got an interview! First of all, give yourself a big pat on the back, you earned it and you should be proud of it! The second thing you should do is make a list of safety questions to ask during your tower climbing interview. Tower climbers put themselves at risk every day on the job, it’s in your best interest to ask potential employers a few safety questions. Here are some of the most important safety questions to ask during your interview.
How Big Are Their Tower Climbing Teams
In the tower climbing industry, the rule of thumb is that the more people you have on your team, the safer and better off you are. Working in teams helps keep tower climbers safe and it’s typically unadvisable to work alone. When you get to your interview, you should ask how many people they typically send out to work on a tower.
Quiz Them on OSHA
As a tower climber, it’s imperative for your own safety to have a firm and complete understanding of OSHA regulations. That said, your potential employer should be held to the same standard. Try quizzing them on OSHA rules, if they are concerningly unfamiliar with OSHA safety regulations, you might want to think twice about working for them.
Of course, before quizzing a potential employer about OSHA, you’ll need to ensure that you have a solid knowledge of these regulations yourself. Remember, OSHA regulations might seem like a lot to get used to, but they are designed to keep you safe.
Do They Encourage the Use of Safety Lines?
When a tower climbing company is lax on the use of safety lines, it’s a red flag. Some tower climbing companies encourage solo-climbing which is practically freestyle climbing with no safety lines.
It doesn’t matter how talented you are; you should never attempt solo-climbing unless it’s absolutely necessary. Every company that actually cares about the safety and wellbeing of their workforce should be actively encouraging the use of safety lines. If they do not, you should refer them to OSHA.
Do They Maintain Rescue Teams That Will Be Nearby?
Another concern you should raise involves the availability of rescue teams. You should ask your potential employer if they dispatch rescue teams near the job-sites. Knowing that a rescue team is nearby should anything go awry will put your mind at ease. Due to the risks of the tower climbing profession, most companies in the industry should make an effort to make rescue teams available.
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