Gee, no wonder there are quite a few good guys doing amateur
antenna/tower work now. If you could make 5-6 times as much, wouldn't you?
73, Pete N4ZR
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On 5/24/2012 3:03 PM, Ro Grrr wrote:
> I subscribe to a professional tower list and was expecting the show so I
> watched it. I was surprised that one of the names I had seen on the list was
> actually profiled. Based on what I had seen on the list, I thought the show
> was fairly well done, unlike some of the puff pieces on guns or the 60-minute
> crap with mike stahl and leslie what's her name.
> Many years ago (I was a teeny-bopper and was DEATHLY AFRAID of heights) I
> worked for a Home Siding/Remodeling Contractor and had a job at a house
> requiring work on a ladder to get to the upper rows of siding. My boss told
> us that if we had been working on a tower or other steeple-jack site, we
> would be paid in the neighborhood of $30 to $40 an hour. The minimum wage
> back in the 60s was about $3 which was what I got paid for that job.
> Fast forward to today mow that I absolutely LOVE heights, and now being
> retired, the pay scale is barely in double digits. I verified this when, 5
> years ago, I stopped near my house where they were hanging a 304 foot fower
> for cell fones. He told me that if I were a ground hand, I would be paid from
> $10 to $12 but if I were on the tower, it would be about $14.
> Talk about walking away dejected....
>> Message: 10
>> Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 09:39:41 -0700
>> From: Jim Brown<firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Subject: [TowerTalk] Cell Tower Broadcast
>> The Front Line piece on the epidemic of deaths by cell tower workers
>> aired on our local station last night. It was quite well done, and a
>> devastating criticism of the cell phone companies, the middle-men
>> contractors they hire to build out their systems, the sub-contractors
>> hired by those middlemen, and even OSHA, which has the responsibility
>> for workplace safety. Would you believe that the guys doing this
>> dangerous work are out of work locals getting paid $10/hour, with
>> virtually no training, no supervision, and time pressures that make safe
>> climbing nearly impossible? With this sort of work environment, no
>> tower-climbing professional is going to go near this work.
>> 73, Jim K9YC
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