Tower Climbing Safety and Rescue Training

Every year climbing technicians are injured or loose their lives while working at heights on a variety of structures. In almost every case these accidents happen because those involved did not follow safety guidelines, or were using equipment improperly. Working in the vertical world requires special preparation and training. Understanding how to climb safely and efficiently, knowing current safety standards and how they apply, and having a working knowledge of basic rescue techniques are all critical elements of climbing safety. ETI's Tower Climbing Safety and Rescue Training program is a 24 hour training package taught over 3 consecutive days, and is designed for those who work at height on towers, buildings, and other man made structures. The training is especially valuable to telecommunications technicians, industrial technicians, communications technicians, electrical lineman, and utility workers. The course teaches essential skills and techniques, which are needed to maintain a safe and productive work environment. Beginning with the fundamentals of fall protection, students learn required industry and government safety standards. Through classroom presentation and hands on practice, participants learn safe and efficient climbing techniques using a variety of fall protection devices. The course also teaches the various methods of rescue and evacuation, when working on towers and structures. As with all of our training programs, we customize the content of our courses to fit any of your specific requirements. The course format includes a mix of classroom presentation and hands on field training with the majority of time spent in the field demonstrating and practicing fall protection methods, and safe work and rescue techniques. Our courses are fast moving and interactive requiring a high degree of commitment and energy from each student.

Written exams and skills observation are used to evaluate students during the training. Upon successful completion of the training, participants receive a certificate of training, which is valid for 3 years from the date of training.

Each student should be equipped with basic fall protection gear to participate in the course. This includes: climbing boots, full body work harness (attachment points at dorsal, sternal, front waist and 2 lateral recommended), approved helmet, a twin leg shock absorbing lanyard, and a work positioning device. Your company or organization should provide and assortment of webbing, and rope to be used during the program. ETI will provide any specialized rescue equipment for the training. We can provide additional training equipment as necessary. ETI offers a source of fall protection and climbing gear, and can assist the organizations we train with gear purchases. Information regarding required gear and equipment will be provided well in advance of the training. The major concepts of the training are listed below.

The Basics Of Fall Protection

  • Understanding Fall Hazards
  • OSHA/ANSI/CSA Fall Protection Standards
  • Fall Hazard Assessment
  • Developing A Site Specific Safety Plan
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Harnesses and Helmets
  • Lanyards and Connections
  • Ropes-their construction and use
  • Equipment Inspection and Logging
  • The Physics of Falling
  • Calculating Total Fall Distance
  • Swing Fall Hazards
  • Essential knots

The Tower Climbing Environment

  • Identifying Areas Where Fall Protection Is Needed
  • Erecting, Maintaining, and Inspecting Fall Protection Systems
  • General Site Safety
  • Weather Hazards
  • RF Hazard
  • Tower Evacuation Techniques

Climbing Techniques

  • Safe and Efficient Climbing
  • 100% Attachment
  • Work Positioning
  • Safe Anchor Systems for Towers and Structures
  • Ascending and Descending Techniques

Preventing Falls

  • Eliminate The Fall Hazard
  • Fall Restraint Systems
  • Work Positioning Device Systems
  • Ladder Safety Systems

Rescue Techniques

  • Medical and Rescue Priorities
  • Suspension Trauma
  • Reaching The Victim
  • Rescue From Above and Below
  • Quick and Practical Rescue Techniques
  • Pickoff Techniques
  • Using a Jigger
  • The Assisted Rappel
  • Complex Rescues
  • Rescue Litters and Their Use
  • Working Together As a Team

The Human Factor

  • Pre-planning Your Day
  • Anticipating Problems
  • Productivity vs Safety
  • The Conservative Approach

Organizational Safety

  • Developing a Safety Plan
  • Know Your Resources
  • Pre-planning For Emergencies
  • Communications
  • Continuing Education and Training

Course Cost

The course cost is variable depending upon the number of participants, and the location. Contact our office for a price quote.

Scheduling A Course

We specialize in on-site training services. Courses are scheduled on a contract basis and can be conducted in any suitable location where an adequate classroom and facilities are available for training purposes. Scheduling a course is according to our availability. We can work with groups as small as 3 and as large as 25. Contact our office for detailed information about scheduling a training program for your organization.


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P.O. Box 2135
Montrose, CO 81402

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