Comtrain's course is constructed to meet the employer's obligation to train based on OSHA regulations as related to work on wireless communication sites. The class will make climbers aware of ANSI standards and equipment needed to meet those standards. Some specific areas addressed include site hazard assessment/inspection, mandated safety meetings, fall protection (PFAS and fall restraint techniques), fixed ladder usage, PPE and OPE and emergency contingency planning (including rescue techniques).
Comtrain's Authorized Tower Climbing Safety and Rescue training meets all current tower safety training standards including OSHA, NATE, American Tower, Bechtel, Black & Veatch, General Dynamics, MasTec and all others.
Authorized Climber/Rescuer Certification is valid for 2 years from the date of training
The first day is spent in the classroom. A combination of lectures, custom and generic video programs, slides and equipment demonstrations are used to ensure that students understand hazard assessment and protection. The student textbook is 242 pages packed with practical information.
The material covered includes pre-climb safety and planning, environmental and structural hazard assessment, tools and equipment, body mechanics, suspension procedures and emergency techniques. This is a full eight-hour session and frequently runs to nine hours with any animation on the part of the students.
Tower Safety & Rescue - Authorized Climber-rescuer - 2-DaysDAY 2:
The second day begins in the classroom with a review followed by a written examination covering the previous day's material. Students must score 75% to pass the exam. The class then mobilizes to a tower and begins the field portion of training.
Field Practice Tasks:
Students will hold a safety meeting and review critical issues. Students will perform a hazard assessment individually and jointly, then review the findings. Each student is given a checklist of exercises to perform during the program. Everyone will climb and descend the tower using either a safe climb device, a vertical lifeline rigged as a temporary safe climb device, or both. Students will maneuver across the structure maintaining 100% connection and working with both lanyards and SRLs. Students will rig and use a temporary horizontal lifeline if the structure allows. Each student will perform two rescue exercises using an ascending/descending system, a suspension device, or both. One rescue will be done as the simulated fallen climber and one as the rescuer. Students will de-rig the structure and hold a post-exercise review.
(If you are interested in obtaining a textbook ahead of time, or any of our other publications, please go to the Comtrain Store page.) Be aware, however, that the cost of your course includes books.
Records and completion:
Comtrain will maintain records of all training for future reference including:
Certification documents, tests, field checklists and student rosters signed by our instructors proving that the student successfully mastered the published material and exercises.
Students Will Receive:
- Student Textbook & other materials necessary for the course
- Wallet ID Card