Comtrain Tower Safety and Rescue Training
Comtrain, based out of Austin, Texas will be providing Basic Tower Climbing Safety and Rescue (Authorized Climber/Rescue) and Advanced Tower Climbing Safety and Rescure training at ISPAmerica 2012.
March 26th and 27th - Basic Tower Climbing Safety & Rescue (Authorized Climber/Rescuer)is an intensive 2-day program and is constructed to meet employer requirements & recommended ANSI standards and OSHA regulations as related to work at wireless communications sites. Some specific areas addressed include site hazard assessment/inspection, mandated safety meetings, fall protection (PFAS and fall restraint techniques), fixed ladder usage, PPE and OPE and emergency contingency planning (including rescue techniques).
Registered 2-day students who pass all tests & tasks will receive certification at the end of their course.
When registering, candidates may elect to go on to a 3rd day of training for Advanced "Competent Climber" Certification. In order to become Advanced certifed, all tests & tasks over 3 days must be successfully completed and Advanced "Competent Climber" prerequisite must be met. If you cannot take all 3 days in the same week, you can take a 1-day upgrade class anytime within the next 12 months to attain Advanced "Competent Climber" status. Go to our Advanced Tower Safety & Rescue page to learn more about this course.
The first day is spent in the classroom. A combination of lectures, custom and generic video programs, slides and equipment demonstrations are used to ensure that students understand hazard assessment and protection. The student textbook is 242 pages packed with practical information.
The material covered includes pre-climb safety and planning, environmental and structural hazard assessment, tools and equipment, body mechanics, suspension procedures and emergency techniques. This is a full eight-hour session and frequently runs to nine hours with any animation on the part of the students.
The second day begins in the classroom with a review followed by a written examination covering the previous day's material. Students must score 75% to pass the exam. The class then mobilizes to a tower and begins the field portion of training.
Field Practice Tasks:
Students will hold a safety meeting and review critical issues. Students will perform a hazard assessment individually and jointly, then review the findings. Each student is given a checklist of exercises to perform during the program. Everyone will climb and descend the tower using either a safe climb device, a vertical lifeline rigged as a temporary safe climb device, or both. Students will maneuver across the structure maintaining 100% connection and working with both lanyards and SRLs. Students will rig and use a temporary horizontal lifeline if the structure allows. Each student will perform two rescue exercises using an ascending/descending system, a suspension device, or both. One rescue will be done as the simulated fallen climber and one as the rescuer. Students will de-rig the structure and hold a post-exercise review.
(If you are interested in obtaining a textbook ahead of time, or any of our other publications, please go to the Products page.) Be aware, however, that the cost of your course includes books.
Records and completion:
ComTrain will maintain records of all training for future reference including:
Certification documents, tests, field checklists and student rosters signed by our instructors proving that the student successfully mastered the published material and exercises.
Graduation & Certification:
- Students who have successfully passed the written exam and demonstrated all field exercises will receive:
- Student Text Book & Materials
- Certificate Suitable for Framing
- Wallet ID Card
March 26th - 28th - Advanced Tower Climbing Safety & Rescue (Competent Climber) is an intensive 3 day course that provides a "CTC" certification designed for the crew leader, project manager or advanced climber. Many contractors are requiring their sub-contractors to have Competent Climbers on the job. This course teaches more advanced rescue techniques, self-rescue and rope access skills, rescue planning and response as well as victim evaluation and advanced first aid during rescue/suspension. Advanced Tower Climbing Safety and Rescue Training meets all current tower safety training standards except the NATE "Competent Rescuer" standard which could cause problems if applied as written.
*This course has a pre-requisite of a documented six months of direct field experience working on related job sites and climbing. The employer must declare the student "competent" to take the Advanced class. The employer must document this with a "Letter of Competency" signed by the student and the employer and kept on file with Comtrain.
General Course Overview:
DAY 1: The first day is spent in the classroom and is fully in conjunction with the 2-day BASIC Tower Climbing Safety and Rescue candidates.
The second day begins in the classroom with a review, followed by a written examination covering the previous day's material. Requirements and expectations are all the same as for students going only through basic level, and advanced climber candidates mobilize at the tower with the rest of the class.
At the tower, all students participate in the pre-climb activities and all tower exercises.
(See the Basic Authorized Climber/Rescuer class information for full details.)
Advanced candidates remain for the third day and will be required to complete a series of advanced field exercises on a communications tower. Demonstrations will include rigging skills, knot tying and four rescue exercises with differing levels of utilization of equipment & techniques needed for accomplishing the exercises.
COMPLETION & CERTIFICATION:
Students who have successfully passed the written exam and demonstrated all field exercises will receive a certificate and wallet identification card from ComTrain. ComTrain will maintain records of all training for future reference. Certification documents, proving that the student successfully mastered the published material and exercises. ComTrain certificates do not have an expiration date and are valid until they no longer meet OSHA regulation guidelines.
(If you are interested in obtaining a textbook ahead of time, or any of our other publications, please go to the Products page.) Be aware, however, that the cost of your course includes this book. (Click here for class schedule & locations)
Students Will Receive:
- Student Textbook & other materials necessary for the course
Upon successful completion and graduation the student will receive:
- Certificate suitable for framing
- Wallet ID Card
|ComTrain Registration 2012-WISPA.doc||108.5 KB|
|Letter of Competency 2011 EXAMPLE.doc||24 KB|