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OSHA rules are applicable.  Use an OSHA approved fall protection harness with dual lanyards.  If you have not, you should seek a trainer for the OSHA ten hour training course.  We don't let anyone go to the field without it and an annual 2 hour refresher course.  They will include fall protection requirements.  The dual lanyards are for 100% tie off.  You are ALWAYS tied off. 
Make sure you understand the construction practices.  TIA 222-G is the most current.  Bearing bolts are the practice.  Many towers will have step bolts as opposed to ladders.  Some will have built in fall protection with cable restraints.  You attach your harness to the restraint system on the tower. 
A 40' tower is probably a self supporter as opposed to a guyed tower.  Guyed towers require evaluation for hydrogen embrittlement on the guys and tension verification. 
Never climb an iced tower.  Been there, been stupid, done that, but survived. 
Check the integrity of the grounding prior to climbing.  Shock is a low risk. 

Regards, Harold Sprague


On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 2:09 PM, <seaint05(--nospam--at)> wrote:
I've been asked to put a price together for performing a structural
evaluation of a three legged tower, 40 feet tall.  I will probably have to
climb the tower to take some field measurements.  Right now I don't know
what equipment is attached to the tower, probably cell or radio antennas.
I'm wondering if someone who may have climbed these things in the past
could guide me to the appropriate guidelines for safety equipment and any
regulations for potential climbers of steel framed towers.  I know it is a
risky endeavor.  There is potential for electrocution, etc., among other

I would appreciate any insight you all can give.


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