Tower Climbing Safety

Tower climbing makes for an important and irrefutable part of many occupations and organizations, like Mobile service providers for instance. The act of Tower climbing is necessary for providing and completing certain services that are integral to the trade it is associated with. For instance, mobile Service providers need to climb towers regularly in order to perform maintenance work on their service provision towers. That is perhaps why many employers of the trade insist on providing ample and acceptable levels of training to their employees in regards to tower climbing. This training allows for a proper orientation of climbers which makes certain that they won’t fall or injure themselves during said pursuit.
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Tower Climbing Safety

tower climber safety trainingClimbing telecommunications towers although may look as simple as climbing a ladder with definite looking rungs, however, it is such an action which requires extreme care, alertness, training, somewhat experience and most of all knowledge. If your checklist ticks all of the aforementioned factors then you are ready to climb a telecom tower. The sole reason for such care is the rise in the fatality percentage over the past year or so. Tower falls have caused about 11,000 deaths worldwide.

Tower Climbing Safety Equipment

Let us first go through the required equipment for a tower climber. This equipment includes both the technical tools as well as the first-aid necessities. It starts off with an equipment bag. It could be a shoulder hanger or carry along. It should contain the following tools and equipment: Continue reading

Union Wireless – Company Spotlight

union wirelessThere is a lot of competition between cell phone providers. It seems that every company has some gimmick or trick. From complicated data plans to spotty coverage, many consumers feel limited. But, there is one company that has not forgotten that communication is about bringing people together not driving them away.

Why Union Wireless?

Since its inception, Union Wireless has focused on serving the community that they call home. Union Wireless makes things simple with contracts designed to fit anyone’s needs. The plans begin at $40 per month without signing a contract. This price includes unlimited talk and text. The open and honest price helps you know what you are spending each month. There are no tricks and no “for a limited time” offers. Your price is your price period.

Plans

But what if you need more data? Union Wireless has you covered. With plans all the way up to 8 GB per month even the most frequent Facebookers, tweeters, bloggers, and gamers will have the data they need to get things done.
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Telecom Careers – Which one is right for you.

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Telecom Careers

Each day telecommunications (telecoms) play a role in your life. From getting on the bus to work, being called by your boss who is wondering why you’re late, or relaxing at home with a movie on pay per view. Even reading this article involves the use of telecoms. I’m sure you grasp what it entails by now but just to be clear; the telecom field involves the transfer of data from one location to another. Cable, satellite, wireless phones, internet service, and more. The goal of these businesses is to ensure the transfer happens quickly, with no loss of data and without hiccups along the way. Continue reading

What you need to know about Lineman Tools

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Common Lineman Tools

A lіnеmаn can аlѕо bе rеfеrrеd tо as a power lіnе technician, and thеіr job іѕ tоugh. Their uѕuаl tаѕk is to ѕеt uр аnd maintain еlесtrіс роwеr аnd telephone lines. Hоwеvеr, thе rеѕроnѕіbіlіtіеѕ оf a lіnеmаn can еxtеnd tо thе іnѕtаllаtіоn and maintenance of transmission and саblе TV lіnеѕ. Being a lineman mеаnѕ thаt you аrе responsible оf оutdооr installation and maintenance tasks. Thоѕе who dо thе ѕаmе job іnѕіdе buildings are called electricians. If you are a lіnеmаn, thеn, уоu knоw you саnnоt wоrk wіthоut уоur lineman tооlѕ.
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What are Gin Poles used for?

gin polesA gin pole (derived from gyn, a three-legged lifting device) is a supported pole which uses a pulley or block and tackle on its upper end to lift loads. The lower end is braced or set in a shallow hole and positioned so the upper end lies above the object to be lifted. The pole (also known as a “mast”, “boom”, and “spar”) is secured with three or more guys. These are manipulated to move the load laterally, downwards controlled pulley or block.

Gin Poles – Raising Loads

Gin poles are also used to raise loads above structures too tall to reach with a crane, as placing an antenna atop a steeple, and to lift segments of a tower atop one-another during erection. When used to create a segmented tower, the gin pole can be detached, raised, and re-attached to the just completed segment in order to lift the next. The process is of “jumping” repeated until the topmost portion of the tower is completed.
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What is Rip Rap and how to install it

rip_rapRiprap, also known as rip rap, rip-rap, shot rock, rock armour or rubble, is rock or other material used to armor shorelines, streambeds, bridge abutments, pilings and other shoreline structures against scour and water or ice erosion. These are the typical uses for riprap, but other uses are on a steep graded hill to prevent weather related erosion.

One benefit to riprap that might be overlooked is that it helps increase habitat for wildlife, specifically small creatures looking for shelter during wet weather.

The following are design recommendations for riprap installation (Smolen et al., 1988):
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Looking for a JOB as a Tower Technician?

tower-climbing-techniquesThe job market is competitive to say the least. Sure, there are jobs in other fields available, but once you have climbed a tower… how could you ever go back? When a good job in the tower climbing industry becomes available, many, many candidates will apply. When an employer gets a stack of resumes, yours needs to be at the top of the stack.

Tower Technician Jobs

When your resume is listed on TowerClimber.com, you will have our tools to help you make the most out of your job search. Unlike other job sites, TowerClimber.com is JUST for tower climbers, meaning that every employer who sees your resume is looking for your skill set. There will be no “hey we thought you might be interested in this unrelated job opening” emails. Just the jobs you are looking for will reach your email, this will save you time and frustration.
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Tower Climbing Techniques

tower-climbing-techniquesSeasoned professionals usually have tower climbing techniques or style to their climb. This climbing pattern will be innate, as much a part of the climber as breathing itself. Unfortunately, though, some people are in the habit of practicing bad habits while they are on the climb. Newbies can learn proper habits from the beginning. Even the “Old Timers” can practice putting safe habits into practice.

Tower Climbing Techniques – have a plan

Before the climb starts, a proper climbing plan must be in place. The plan is important because it is not just the climber who is involved in the process. This is when permits are obtained, the tower’s carriers are notified exactly when power needs to be lowered, LOTO procedures needs to be followed, and the specifications of the project must be gone over.

Following a proper climbing plan ensures the safety of everyone involved. Every person, from the climber to the fork-lift operator needs to be familiar with all of the procedures in place. All employees need to know what to do and what to do in an emergency.
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Boom Crane Operators

boom-crane-operatorThe tower climbing industry is more diverse than most people realize. In fact, there are a lot of people who don’t give a second thought to being able to text or get online… until they can’t. Frequently, the focus of these blogs has been on those who climb. Several other individuals play important roles, the managers, the welders, the clients, those who take the calls, and the boom crane operators.

Boom cranes have become so important to construction and to the construction of towers. This is a good specialty to get into if you develop a fear of heights or can no longer climb for medical reasons. Without the aid of the boom crane, there is a lot that would not be possible. Can you imagine trying to drag a welder or compressor up to the top of a tower? It would be impossible and impractical.

This is also a great skill for any person to possess as it is highly in demand all over the world. Most of the people who run a boom crane also have another job that they fulfill. It makes economic sense. There is no reason to higher a guy who can only perform one task when there are those who have multiple skills.
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