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Welcome to ComTrain's Instructors' Corner. This section is designed to serve the Certified ComTrain In-House Instructor and those that may be considering that certification. Bookmark this page as a "Favorite" and check back often for updated safety information, instructor announcements and teaching tools, equipment updates, Re-Certification Classes and answers to often asked your questions.

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Does a Comtrain Basic or Advanced Tower Climbing Safety & Rescue Certification transfer from one company to another company? I was certified under one company and have since transferred to another company. Must I re-certify or will my Basic and Advance Comtrain certifications transfer?
Answer
The Comtrain Basic and Advanced Climber certification follows the student and it does not have an expiration date. OSHA says that an employer can accept training if they deem that training to be valid and meet their training requirements. It will be up to your new employer whether to accept your training/certification done directly by Comtrain or through another company's Comtrain In-House Instructor.
An employer may have reason to believe that a new employee who has already been trained and certified does not have the understanding and/or skill required to do a job effectively or safely. Under these circumstances retraining might be required.
There are 3 situations where retraining is required:
1) Changes in the workplace which render previous training obsolete; or
2) Changes in the types of fall protection systems or equipment to be used which render previous training obsolete; or
3) Inadequacies in an affected employee’s knowledge or use of fall protection systems or equipment which indicates that the employee has not retained the requisite understanding or skill.

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What do we do when an our company asks us to certify a climber and train them later? My question is posed not for myself but for other instructors I have spoken with over the last year who work for smaller contracting companies. It seems that because of the large push for upgrades by the major carriers in telecom and with such short short project times, the smaller contractors are hiring people left and right and rushing through any training legally required just to get them certified.
Answer
If you could certify before delivering training, why would anybody train at all? By definition, certification is "the demonstration of knowledge and skills" which Comtrain verifies through testing and field training drills. There is no way to certify without delivering the proper training program, and, the student can't be certified until he/she passes the test and demonstrates his/her skills on the tower. If an employer is asking an In-House Comtrain Instructor to certify before training, the employer is asking that instructor to break the law and the certification would be fraudulent and invalid.

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How long are the in-house trained climber certificates good for?
Answer
The Basic "Authorized Climber/Rescuer" certifications ComTrain has issued for your students are valid until OSHA changes or updates their regulations and then the climber must be retrained and re-certified. OSHA and ComTrain recognize our 3rd and 4th Edition certifications as valid as of this date.
That being said, clients or major contractors may require your climbers to be certified in the last 24 months (or other time frame). They may also require your company name to be on the certification & card.
*Some will not accept training from an In-House Instructor from a previous company
*Some will only accept training done by a 3rd party qualified training company like ComTrain
*And many other combinations of the these requirements.

Bottom line...To avoid work stoppage and expensive down time, make sure you know your contractor's or client's certification requirements before you start work. They are all different and some are more strict than OSHA requires.

Question
I have always taught that in a real rescue situation, once you are on the rescue line you don't need a back up lifeline. Is there some kind of industry regulation or standard?
Answer
The question of a Safety Line or Life Line is an objective one. The only time you conduct a rescue without using a Safety Line is when it is considered a catostrophic event. When a victim is bleeding out, having a heart attack or is unconscious, that is considered a catastrophic event and you can move to rescue without using a Safety Line.
We spend a good deal of time in our ComTrain classes going over this question. You have to take a moment and access the event. Will the victim die, is he/she in imminent danger, will the situation become worse if I go to the effort of rigging a Safety Line?
The optimal question: Is this a catastrophic event? Will this person die or is this person in imminent danger?.

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We keep hearing about "the 2 climber rule". Does OSHA require 2 climbers on the tower?
Answer
The 2 climber rule is supported by ComTrain.
OSHA 1910.151(b)
In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.
ComTrain's stance: (When interpreting OSHA 1901.151b)
This indicates the necessity of a minimum of two persons.

OSHA 1910.38 Emergency action plans.
ComTrain's stance:(When interpreting OSHA 1910.38)
The requirements for a rescue under OSHA 1910.38 clearly requires a written rescue plan and we know of no successful rescue option that calls for a lone climber.

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Can In-House ComTrain Instructors train and certify employees/climbers for their company's sub contractors or other companies?
Answer
No! Certified In-House ComTrain Instructors can only certify employees of the company they work for. The ComTrain In-House Instructor must be an employee (on the payroll) of the company they train for. They cannot act as "consultants or independent contractors" to train and certify any climbers other than those that work for their employer. The sub-contractor must implement their own ComTrain In-House instructor or send their employees to a ComTrain open enrollment class for training and certification.

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Has the fisk been outlawed?
Answer
No, the fisk HAS NOT been outlawed. Many influential companies have safety plans and policies implementing ANSI standards calling for auto-locking or auto-braking devices which eliminates the fisk as part of their allowed equipment. Many safety associations and organizations have also adopted the "no fisk" type standards but OSHA has not. Until OSHA adopts and starts to enforce the standards that would render the fisk obsolete or "outlawed", it is still an accepted tool for controlled descent.

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