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Tower Climber Safety Video

Tips for working with capstan hoists

March 30, 2016

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has created and posted a new  video on capstan hoist and rigging safety.

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.

“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.

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