But does that mean that if I want to hire "Fred, the guy who does the
tower work for all the hams around here" to put up my tower, he has to
be certified? What if he isn't? What liability do I have?|
On 02/06/04 06:16 pm Jim Lux put fingers to keyboard and launched the
following message into cyberspace:
I went to a club meeting last night where the speaker was in the
business of Tower and Antenna Installation. He said that the OSHA rules
have changed over that past few years and that everyone who climbs
towers needs to be certified to climb and and must use the proper body
harness climbing belts and locking belt clips.
He also said that if there is an accident, that OSHA WILL come and
inspect the Tower accident. If the climber is not certified then the
insurance companies won't pay any claims.
OSHA is "Occupational" safety and health administration, and only deals
with workplace things. You're perfectly free to do hideously dangerous
things on your own, just not at work. It's hard to say how OSHA could
come look at your mangled body on your mangled tower, unless there was
some "workplace" aspect to it._______________________________________________
Insurance is a different matter.. that's between you and the insurance
company. If you were a business, I'm sure that your insurance company
would require that you have all your workers trained and appropriately
qualified and equipped, or, at the very least, had procedures in place
to do so (i.e. if an employee goes off and climbs the tower without the
safety gear, contrary to training and instruction and your procedures,
you might still be covered, at least for liability).
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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