TOWER CLIMBING

Fall protection challenges:

• Towers serve a variety of purposes, including carrying electrical transmission lines and supporting communications networks. The number of towers erected is increasing by the thousands each year and are often in remote wilderness areas. These towers must be serviced and accessed. Whether workers are climbing to do maintenance work or erecting the tower itself, safety assurance along with comfort and mobility must be taken into consideration. Workers up on towers for lengthy periods of time can experience fatigue and need to be able to rely on top of the line fall protection.

• Workers often find themselves climbing and moving from one area of the tower to another which may present some dangerous scenarios. Along with the obvious danger of working at height, towers expose rescuers to hazards they may not normally encounter on the ground. The hazards on an electrical transmission line tower involve not just the transmission lines themselves, but also the minimum air distances around those lines, and equipment must be kept clear of voltage lines.

• Additionally hazardous, tower rescues can include workers involved with building or maintaining a tower or worker who may have been injured or suffered a sudden illness. Rescuers must be sufficiently mobile to deal with all types of emergency situations.


The A, B, C’s of Personal Fall Protection
C. H. Bull Co. offers a complete array of passive and active fall arrest systems.
The basics of every personal fall arrest system can be described as the ABC’s of fall arrest.
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage means a secure point of attachment (structure) for the fall arrest system. The type of anchorage varies with the industry, the job being performed, the type of installation and the structure available. The anchorage connector provides a means of attaching the system to the anchorage (structure).
BODY SUPPORT - Full body harnesses provide a connection point on the worker for the personal fall arrest system. Depending on the application, they can be used as part of a system to protect the worker from falling and to limit the extent of potential injury in case of a fall.
CONNECTORS - Connectors are devices used to connect the worker’s full body harness to the anchorage system. Connectors include lanyards, snap hooks, carabiners, deceleration devices and specialty systems such as self retracting lifelines, ladder climbing systems, vertical lifelines and rope grabs.
DESCENT/RESCUE - Rescue and retrieval of a fallen worker is a required component of any Fall Protection Program.
Recommendations in this section are for general application guidance. Product choices may vary depending on specific performance requirements.
Anchorage
Type
Description
Part#
Image
Verticle Mobility
For Vertical Mobility: Lad-Saf® Ladder Safety System - The shock absorbing top bracket and tension indicating bottom bracket serve as anchors for the steel cable which runs the length of the climbing area. The sleeve prevents falls by locking onto the cable. It is easily attached or removed anywhere along the cable and automatically follows the user as they climb or descend. 6116502
Verticle Mobility
For Vertical Mobility: Lad-Saf® Mobile Rope Grab - Automatically follows, giving greater freedom of movementand virtually hands-free operation. As you climb or move up and down, you don’t have to worry about the grab snagging all the time and hampering your productivity. This grab runs so smoothly, you’ll forget it’s even there. 5000335
Verticle Mobility
For Vertical Mobility: Lad-Saf® Static Wire Rope Grab - The static type design stays where you want it and moves when you move it. Attach/detach anywhere along the cable. Wedging action grips and lock onto cable. Fits 3/8” (9.5mm) diameter 7x19 galvanized or stainless steel cable. 5000338
Fixed Connection
For Fixed Connection Work: Scaffold Choker - Combines ease of use, lightweight and high strength and designed specifi cally to choke-off to structure and provide an anchor point. 1201390
Fixed Connection
For Fixed Connection Work: Tie-Off Adaptor - Pass thru design provides a safe and easy way to anchor a fall protection device to an overhead location. 1-3/4” (44mm) polyester strap, 3” (76mm) wear guard, zinc plated steel hardware. 1003000
Body Support
Type
Description
Part#
Image
High Performance
ExoFit XP™ Tower Climbing Harness - Stand-up back D-ring with impact indicator, tonguebuckle body belt with hip pad and side D-rings. Removable shoulder, back, and leg padding, seat sling with positioning D-rings. 3-D mesh lining with soft edging for comfort. Quick-connect buckles. 1110302
High Performance
ExoFit™ Tower Climbing Harness - Built-in shoulder, back, and leg padding with mesh lining and soft edging for comfort. Tongue buckle body belt with hip pad and side D-rings. Front and back D-ring, seat sling with positioning rings, and quick-connect buckles. 1108652
Standard
Delta™ II Tower Climbing Harness - Vest style with back “stand up” D-ring, tongue buckle leg straps for fast & easy donning. Front D-ring tongue buckle belt with hip pad and side D-rings for added comfort and additional support and versatility. Seat sling with positioning D-rings. 1107775
Connector
Type
Description
Part#
Image
Fixed Length
Less than 6’ mobility required: Shockwave2™ Shock Absorbing Lanyard - Expands to 6 ft. (1.8m) and contracts to 4-1/2 ft. (1.4m) Reduces dragging and snagging for more freedom of movement. Twin-leg 100% tie-off style helps you remain connected at all times. Variety of hook options to meet your worksite needs. Impact indicator allows user to visually inspect unit for a fall. 1244409
Fixed Length
Less than 6’ mobility required: PRO™ Shock Absorbing 100% Rebar Lanyard - Twin-leg 100% tie-off style helps you remain connected at all times. Complete with large steel rebar hooks with a 2” gate opening. Variety of hook options to meet your worksite needs. AE549AW2
Retractable
Less than 6’ mobility required: Twin-Leg Talon® SRL - Provides 100% tie-off with two independent 6’ (1.8m) web lifelines. Offers added mobility and safety when moving along a structure. A unique quick-connect handle, Delta™ Comfort Pad and two lanyard keepers for direct attachment to the harness sets this unit apart. Complete with an impact indicator and multiple hook options. 3102000
Positioning Only
Free fall limit 2’ or less: Rebar Assembly - Our rebar assemblies are designed for versatility and are available in many variations with unique hooks to provide safe and compatible connection to many types of structures. They should only be used in applications that limit the free fall to two feet or less. 5920051

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