Towers designed for communication, once almost exclusively made of wood, are now almost exclusively metal. Metal is sturdier and less susceptible to termites, but at some point it is going to break, bend, thin, or develop holes. Though most towers which are used outside are galvanized, there is still a small chance for rust.
Exposure to the elements, plus time, means that many of the towers which were built at the beginning of the technology boom are now reaching a point where they need repaired and/or replaced. This has made the demand triple for climbers who can also weld. It is a skill that takes time to learn, but if you can do both, then expect to be able to secure a job almost anywhere. Plus, this position comes with a hefty salary increase in most places.
Some companies need a person who can weld so badly that they are training welders how to climb. And, it is not just repairing old towers where welders come in handy. During the construction of a tower, pieces need to be fitted together and secured. Bolt and nuts need to be welded into place to ensure the longevity of the tower as a whole. Continue reading →
Worker’s Compensation is a type of insurance which protects a worker in the event that they are injured while on the job. If a tower climber is injured while on the job, worker’s compensation insurance pays for the employees medical bills. If an employee loses time at work, worker’s comp ensures that they receive their base salary for the time they are out of work.
Tower Climber Workers Comp
In the event of a death or permanent injury, the family of the employee will receive the worker’s comp benefits. These benefits frequently include funerary and burial expenses. In the tower climbing field, the majority of injuries occur from falls or the falling of objects. The need for worker’s compensation insurance has risen across the country with the frequency of death’s and injuries which have gone up in recent years. Continue reading →
The tower climbing industry is one that takes skill and a high-level of attention to detail, not to mention all of the training required. The thing every employer will inevitably face is having a position to be filled and either not getting enough qualified applicants applying or having everybody and their brother apply, although the latter allows the resumes to be discarded until a stack of potentially good candidates remains.
When you post your listing through towerclimber.com some unique advantages become available that do not occur on other job sites. The first of these is that we are specialized. We work exclusively with those in the tower climbing industry so we know how to get your listing out to the people that need to see it. Some sites specialize in everybody, which is not a bad thing on its own, but it makes it harder for qualified applicants to sift through all the open positions in order to find yours, no one wants to check 50 job sites, it is discouraging. Continue reading →
When anchors are used in conjunction with proper knots, they are an added line of defense which prevents accidents from happening on the climb. Anchors are reusable, they can be drilled and filled as needed for placement. They can be placed horizontally, vertically and even on overhead services as is required for the safety of the climber.
Tower Climber Equipment
There are several types of anchors which are used by different types of climbers. Natural anchors are those that do not require any man made assistance. These are mostly found in the rock climbing field, but they may also be found on towers themselves in the form of protrusions. Artificial anchors are spring loaded and designed to fit into cracks where they will then expand.
Belay anchors are mounted. The belay anchors used by tower climbers will be permanently attached to a tower. This saves the extra effort of having to drill and place new anchors each time a climb is undertaken. It is also federally mandated for the safety of each climber. They are used as a support for a top rope and it should consist of multiple redundant components. These components are fail safes, designed to provide support should one of the other components fail. Continue reading →
With all of the emphasis placed on helmets, harnesses, carabineers, and footwear the bag chosen to hold tools often gets put on the back burner. After all, it is just a bad right? Well yes and no. It may be a bag, but on a climb the tower climber bag is what makes sure that all of the tools needed for the job make it up with you. There is no point in doing the job, if the required tools are 1000 feet down.
Tower Climber Bag – which one to choose?
There are several different option when it comes to bags; canvas buckets, tool organizers, pouches and traditional equipment bags. Each has their own benefits, but in the end it is a decision each tower climber has to make.
Canvas buckets are exactly what the sound like. They are a flexible canvas bucket that is open on one end. Frequently there are internal pockets or straps for smaller items. They are durable and offer a single strap to connect to a rope. Something to be aware of is that since they don’t seal, there is always a chance that something will fall out. When carrying heavy equipment, this risk is minimized as the weight adds stability.
Tool organizers come in the open end variety and the type with various zippers and pockets. Some will even have detachable pockets for phones, radios, miscellaneous items, and parts. Specialized versions exist for protecting the more expensive equipment and will have a Y lanyard for 100% tie off. Since these range from generic to specialty it is best to consider the equipment most frequently needed when looking into the purchase of a tool organizer. Continue reading →
There are three types of climbing harness. A sit harness is just what it sounds like. There are loops for the legs and loops around the hips. Sometimes used in conjunction with the sit harness is the chest harness which provides extra support when hauling a heavy backpack. These two types don’t transfer well to tower climbers, they are mainly used by rock climbers.
Types of Climbing Harnesses
The types of climbing harnesses tower climbers will need to be familiar with is the full body harness. It is covered more in depth in another article on proper harness fit. It is a combination of the sit harness and the chest harness. These two sections may be either permanently or semi-permanently attached together. It will have many connection points. The basic idea of the full body harness will remain the same, but when it comes to material choice, there are many pros and cons for each. Continue reading →