Tower Training February 2008 Interchange
WYDOT employees get refresher course in safety.
Look up in the sky.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it’s a WYDOT worker.
WYDOT’s telecommunications employees recently completed tower and other safety training recently as part of an annual conference. Telecommunications employees from all over the state gathered in Cheyenne in November to get training in tower safety, radio frequency, electrical and CPR. The employees also learned the latest administrative and technical issues related to their jobs at WYDOT.
“We have this annual workshop so we can get everyone from the shops across the state together,” said Robert Wilson, telecommunications program manager for WYDOT. “These annual meetings focus on training. Safety training is the biggest part of the workshop.”
The tower safety training had 16 participants, all of which received their certifications. Each participant spent a half day in the classroom and then a half day out in the field climbing a tower, Wilson said. Each participant had to first ascend the tower and then descend. After that, a person climbed the tower and pretended to be unconscious.
Each of the participants then had to climb up after that person and rescue them using the proper safety measures they learned in the classroom. WYDOT had Safety One Inc., of Sedalia-Co., to do the certifications.
“If you go out and climb, you have to get certified,” Wilson said. “If you’re a tech in the field you’re going to climb at least once a year to do inspections.”
WYDOT does annual preventative maintenance on the towers, which means a crew of two goes to each one. While on location, one person climbs while the other stays on the ground.
The other training sessions gave WYDOT employees the chance to stay current on the other issues as well. For the Radio frequency training, Radiofrequency Safety International Corp., of Alva, Okla., was on hand to conduct the training. When dealing with radio frequencies, workers have to make sure they’re not exposed to high radiation. Workers carry a device called the RadMan, which tells someone if they’re in danger from strong electromagnetic fields.