While most towercos and carriers train for potential rescues from towers, the increase in usage of mobile platforms (MEWPS) has increased dramatically, particularly for monopoles, water tanks and lower level tower work. Unfortunately, accidents involving those assets have been on the increase as well, according to Tower Safety CEO Kathy Gill, who recently attended a Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) meeting in Florida. At the conference, Gill was inducted into SAIA as the first telecom member in 49 years to participate in setting the ANSI 92 standards for MEWPS.
“There is much to learn from them and to help our wireless industry,” Gill said. “Rescues can vary in all industries with mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), cell towers, confined space, water tanks, vehicles, scaffolds and cranes.”