This comprehensive 4 day – tower climbing and tower rescue training program covers general safety, safety planning, industrial fall-protection, tower climbing techniques & tower rescue techniques. Our tower climbing training program is intended for experienced tower climbers or new personnel working in the structure climbing, tower climbing or wireless industries. This course is targeted at the growing wireless infrastructure industry, in order to meet their demand for trained and competent workers, but it can also be tailored to your specific work at heights application.
Our ongoing course development by competent trainers from multiple industries ensures that students receive the most up to date and informative classroom theory, practical tower climbing and tower rescue training available.
Courses focus on minimizing fall factors, as well as assessing and mitigating risk based on worker position and rescue potentials. Students will learn simple yet effective systems for tower climbing and tower rescue, as well as basic RF and general hazard assessment skills. These tower climbing and tower rescue training courses are based upon Industrial Fall Protection best practices, the NATE Tower Climbing Training Standard, IRATA rope access techniques and NFPA high angle rescue. Courses are designed with current practical methodology and students will be introduced to safer ways of working at heights while meeting or exceeding both provincial and federal regulatory requirements for tower climbing and work at height on communication transmission equipment. Tower Climbing and Tower Rescue Training Courses are available on an individual and group training basis, as well as on weekday or weekend schedules. Special considerations for on-site training can be explored upon request.
Visit one of our world class training centres in North Vancouver or Montreal, or arrange a group of 6 or more and our certified instructors can come to you anywhere in Canada to conduct a variety of training at your facility, or an appropriate nearby venue (certain restrictions apply).
Tower Climbing and Tower Rescue Training
Course Duration: 4 Days, Approximately 32 hours
Ticket expiration: 3 years, with minimum annual rescue refresher training.
Upon successful completion of our tower climbing training course students will have the necessary skills and certification to work on tower sites and at heights, under competent supervision. Students will learn PPE equipment selection, inspection and use, pre-task safety planning, fall protection, rigging and tower rescue techniques. Students are taught advanced practical access and basic companion rescue, and are also able to assist in more complex rescues. Students are trained to establish and operate access lifelines and rescue systems to mitigate their personal exposure by limiting fall potential and by taking advantage of self-rescue techniques. Intermediate rope skills training includes termination knots, anchorage and advanced rigging and load hauling techniques, all focusing on safe access and rigging practices.
Do Employees Need Tower Climbing Training Before Climbing Towers?
In a word, yes. According to the Canadian Labor Code Part II “2.18 (1) No employee shall climb a tower, an antenna or an antenna structure unless (a) the employer has authorized the employee to do so; (b) the employee has been trained and instructed in a safe method of climbing; and (c) the employer has provided a fall-protection system…”.
Furthermore Health and safety organizations throughout North America are beginning to recognize that Post-Fall Arrest Rescue training is an essential part of a complete fall protection plan wherever fall arrest is used, particularly in the tower environment. Fall Arrest training and equipment by themselves are not enough, a proper fall protection plan for work on towers must include provisions for rescue, and actual tower rescue training.
“This has been an eye opening experience. I can honestly say that what I’ve learned will save my life, and possibly someone else. The techniques taught in this tower climbing course have so many different applications; from safety to new methods of accomplishing tasks, it’s all there. The instructors who taught the course were top level. They really knew the material and just as importantly knew how to teach it. Clear explanations and demonstrations preceded every practical exercise. When it came time to perform the material there was constant supervision and guidance, with safety the top priority. I would recommend this course to anyone who needs to work with ropes or climb for their employment or even recreation. I’m confident in my job because I know I’ve been taught by the best” Craig Elis Radio Operations/Engineering Northern Native Broadcasting.
About our Tower Climbing Training Program
“We developed our tower climbing and tower rescue training course approximately 4 years ago in response to what seemed an obvious hole in the telecommunications industry. At that time we were already training tower workers in fall protection, tower rescue and industrial rope access techniques. We found that the overall quality and duration of training that the average telecom workers had previously received was alarmingly low compared to what we had grown to expect in the rope access industry.
We received a number of alarming reports, of what seemed to be industry standard practices of the time, and began conducting research. A direct comparison between the Telecommunications Industry and the Industrial Rope Access industry quicklyrevealed that the injury and death rate in telecom was as an order of magnitude higher than in IRATA Rope Access, while the actual hazards of the work were fairly comparable.
The first version of our Tower Climbing and Tower Rescue Training course was developed by CRAS CEO Chris Dupuis (IRATA 3/SPRAT 3, 17 years + industrial work at height experience), Graeme Taylor (IRATA 3 Trainer, SPRAT 3 Evaluator, High Angle Rope Rescue Instructor, ACMG Guide, 25 years + industry experience) and Greg Korpela (Primary Care Paramedic, SPRAT 3, Fall Protection Instructor, 6 years’ experience).
Our tower climbing training course was continually modified and upgraded based on student feedback from more than 100 working industry professionals, including members of the Department of Defense and various Government Ministries. The course was further improved by Kliff Wight from Okanagan at heights, a former telecommunications worker and safety auditor of 8 years. The course adheres to and teaches all of the regulations set out by the Canadian Labor Code PART II, and provincial health and safety authorities as they relate to fall protection and tower climbing. Access and Rescue information taught draws on, and conforms to IRATA and SPRAT rope access methods, and NFPA high angle rope rescue standards. This course represents, in our collective opinion, the safest and best practices for work at height on towers and antenna structures.”