The Spirit of the Season

The Spirit of the Season: a Guest Post

This is a guest post by Bridgette Hester of the Hubble Foundation. You probably know her for her advocacy in the telecom industry: she works tirelessly to make the world a safer place for tower climbers and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that happen so unfortunately often. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not …

Bridgette HesterThe Spirit of the Season: a Guest Post
Winter Glove

Winter Glove Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway We’re proud to announce the arrival of our brand new Rope and Rescue Winter Work Gloves! You’re a work-at-height professional, so you know just how essential a good pair of gloves is. If they’re too thick, then you lose finger dexterity. On the other hand, if they’re too thin then they won’t keep your hands warm. We’ve …

Jacob WallaceWinter Glove Giveaway
What Education Do I Need?

FAQ: What Education Do I Need to Become a Tower Climber?

Note: this post is originally from our old forum, by Cameron LaCook. We occasionally post answers to questions that we frequently get asked around here at Rope and Rescue, in the hope that we might help you out. I am 23 years old, I live in Water Valley Mississippi, I have no electronics or Radio frequency experience, and just graduated …

Ben MakuhFAQ: What Education Do I Need to Become a Tower Climber?
Comet Fall Factor

Fall Protection in Space

The European Space Agency landed their Philae probe on a comet named 67P on Wednesday, November 12. It’s sort of a big deal. Philae only had 60 hours of battery life once it was game time, so obviously the first thing it did was take a selfie, because #TechnologyAndStuff: TOUCHDOWN for @Philae2014! #CometLanding pic.twitter.com/ZMBeB8ng3h — ESA Rosetta Mission (@ESA_Rosetta) November …

Ben MakuhFall Protection in Space
Rope and Rescue Roundup

The Rope and Rescue Roundup: November

We keep abreast of the latest news relating to working at height so that you don’t have to. Here are a few of the top stories from the last month. Rope Access Technicians Clean St. Louis Arch Nobody has placed a foot on the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch since its construction was completed in 1965–until now, when rope access …

Jacob WallaceThe Rope and Rescue Roundup: November
scarystoriesin5words

Scary Tower Stories in 5 Words

The hashtag #ScaryStoriesin5Words was trending on Twitter today for Halloween, so we put it out to Tower Climbers of America to get some good tower-related ones. Here are some good ones. Via Nicholas Allonen Allie. This goes with “Things you never want to hear a tower climber say.” Via Luke Sampson. Yes, this would be truly horrifying. Via Alex Nisa Bowman. Via Steven Casas Jr. …

Ben MakuhScary Tower Stories in 5 Words
Haul Kit Inspection Criteria

How To Inspect Your Haul Kit

Whether you have a Rope and Rescue Cortes, Aztek, or other haul kit, it’s important to inspect that kit to make sure everything is working properly. Brian Bourquin of Safety One Training explained to us in this video the criteria we should use to inspect haul kits. Inspect Soft Goods First, you’ll want to inspect your soft goods. Feel the …

Jacob WallaceHow To Inspect Your Haul Kit

Why You Shouldn’t Use A Handle Ascender As Your Backup Device

You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t use a handle ascender as your backup device while rappelling or doing other rope access. And, you shouldn’t. But why? Using your ascender as a back up isn’t specifically forbidden in Petzl’s technical notice for their hand ascender (that’s the only one we checked). Nor is it specifically forbidden anywhere else that we could …

Jacob WallaceWhy You Shouldn’t Use A Handle Ascender As Your Backup Device
Rope and Rescue Roundup

The Rope and Rescue Roundup: October

Want to catch up on the previous month’s worth of Rope and Rescue related news? Here’s a digest of what’s been going on. SafetyOne Uses Drones for First Man Up Solution “The safety of employees conducting work at height has been coming under increased scrutiny. Within the utility industry for example, recent OSHA regulations have increased the difficulties of certain …

Ben MakuhThe Rope and Rescue Roundup: October
Colored Rope

FAQs: Colored Rope

This week we begin a new series of questions we get fairly frequently here at Rope and Rescue. The content of this post is based on a discussion in our old forum back in 2012. “Is rope color important beyond cosmetic reasons?” Those who are just getting into tower climbing, rope access, and search and rescue often ask us if …

Ben MakuhFAQs: Colored Rope

You Won’t Believe How Convenient This Innovative Bolt Bag Is

A bolt bag is either going to help or hinder you on the job, so you want to pick a good one. Are you tired of your bolt bag wearing out quickly on you? Do the seams in the side pockets tear out too fast? Are you sick of wasting time trying to undo the drawstring, just so you can get …

Jacob WallaceYou Won’t Believe How Convenient This Innovative Bolt Bag Is
Unsafe Towers

Tracking Unsafe Towers: a Guest Post

This is a guest post from Bridgette Hester. She is the President of the Hubble Foundation as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Phoenix and Strayer University. She is passionate about raising awareness regarding safety in the telecommunications industry and helping families who have lost a climber on the job. The views expressed in this post do …

Bridgette HesterTracking Unsafe Towers: a Guest Post
I want you to be safe

Staying Safe Is Patriotic!

Uncle Sam wants you to stay safe this 4th of July! Enjoy this free download. It’s great for a desktop or mobile device background. But, feel free to use it elsewhere! Several sizes are available here. Open whichever you want and then save to your computer/phone. 1600 x 1200 1920 x 1200 2560 x 1600 Mobile Device  

Jacob WallaceStaying Safe Is Patriotic!

The Three T’s of Tool Tethering

At Rope and Rescue, we thought that Tethering probably only had one T. Maybe two at most. But Ergodyne is serious about dropped object prevention, so they didn’t stop at just one or two T’s. Nope, they made it into three T’s! It can be difficult to attach to a tool like a hammer that has no connection point. You …

Jacob WallaceThe Three T’s of Tool Tethering