Frequently asked questions
How many rescues techniques are provided during training?
During the authorized rescue class we understand that the situation will dictate your next steps. We will show you two self-rescues, three single victim rescues two tandem/two-person rescues and two rescues from the ground. We will concentrate the last day on those techniques most used based upon the equipment you have on site.
Are we preforming rescues when taking the Authorized Climber training?
No, This is an introductory level training course that is designed to allow the student to develop the basic skills necessary for safe tower work.
Do we have to bring our own equipment to training and if so, what do we need to bring?
Yes. Please bring all of your PPE with you including helmet, class III harness, ‘Y’ style lanyard, work positioning lanyard, cable grab, gloves glasses and your required work uniform. If you do not have the above PPE contact us before registering for training. Participants in the rescue class should bring or at least know what descent device is in their rescue kit, as well as size and length of rescue rope.
What is the difference between fall arrest and fall restraint?
Fall protection products can be either fall arrest or fall restraint. There is a substantial difference, so it is important to know what you need to have safe, complete system. First, a fall arrest system is designed to stop a fall. It must be rigged so that an employee having the combined weight (person and tools) of less than 310 lbs can neither free fall more than 6 feet nor contact any lower level. The fall arrest system must stop and limit the maximum deceleration distance to 3.5’, and limit the maximum arresting force on an employee to 1,800 lbs. (8kN).
Second, a fall restraint system is designed to prevent a fall. It must be rigged to prevent a freefall of more than 2 feet, be tied to an anchor capable of withstanding twice the potential impact load (1,800-3,000 lbs), and have connectors with a minimum tensile strength of 5000lbs (22kN).
Examples of fall arrest are: cable grab, double or ‘Y’ lanyard & rope grab system.
Examples of fall restraint: work positioning lanyard & your hands and feet as you maintain 3 points of contact.
Stay Safe, Stay 100%! Ref. OSHA 1926.502(d) (16) and 1926.502(e) through 1926.502(e)(2)
I keep hearing stuff about working alone. What is meant by “working alone”?
A person is “alone” at work when they are on their own; when they cannot be seen or heard by another person. When working on a tower, a worker may be considered “alone” even if he/she has someone on the worksite with them. For example, if a towerhand is working on the tower, and the partner is on ground level, the one working above ground may still be classified as a lone worker.
Where can I find the information that warns against being alone while climbing?
ANSI A 10.48 (6.4.3d) states Authorized Climbers are required to be supervised by a competent climber. And if the contractor is the main source for rescue, ANSI A 10.48 (6.11.1) states at minimum one competent rescuer and one authorized rescuer on site while climbers are working. If three or more are in the crew, the minimum competent rescuers become two.
What steps should I take If there is an accident or a fatality on the job site?
1. Start an investigation immediately to gather as much information as possible.
2. Protect the scene until investigation is complete.
3. Make a decision about when to call OSHA
- a. Do you need to call or not.
- b. If fatality you must call within 8 hrs of the occurrence.
- c. If admitted to the hospital you must call within 24hrs.
4. Take a lot of photos from all angles and document where the photos were taken from.
5. Make a drawing if possible to reference during interviews.
6. Conduct interviews with all possible witnesses.
- a. Listen to their story and ask direct questions based on what you observed.
- b. Make sure you get as much information from each person as you can, this may be helpful later.
- c. Don’t try to build or assert anything at this time, try to avoid giving your opinion, but listen to theirs.
7. Immediately complete your company accident report.
8. When OSHA arrives on the site inspect their credentials. Ask for a business card or write down the officers name, office address and phone number. Ask reason for entry.
How do I become a competent climber and what more instruction is needed?
“Per ANSI A 10.48 you must document 90 of actual tower climbing experience. When you have met that time submit the affidavit and CITCA will issue your Competent card. The training is from on the job experience and your company’s trust in you to take appropriate action when a hazard exists.