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Tower climber association releases video on capstan hoist and rigging safety

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Las Vegas – Capstan hoist and rigging safety is at the heart of a video from the National Association of Tower Erectors, unveiled March 22 during the 2016 International Wireless Communications Expo.

The video is about three-and-a-half minutes long and includes everyday safety tips for selecting and using capstan hoists. It features a tower climber who offers a testimonial about the significance of checking the manufacturer’s guidelines and carrying out function tests on the capstan hoist. The video opens with eye-catching, aerial shots of tower climbers at work.

NATE asks tower climbers and other stakeholders in the industry to post the video on social media sites using #ClimberConnection.

“Proper training, rigging and respect of the capstan are essential for its safe operation,” Justin Pitts, safety director at Gorham, ME-based East Coast Communications (a NATE member), said in a press release. “It’s one of the cellular industry’s greatest tools when anchored and used correctly. The cathead turns what could be a very laborious endeavor into added muscle and time for other tasks.”

The video is one of several being released by NATE this year. In January, the association produced a video on fall protection equipment for tower climbers.

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