Skip to comments.Do NOT Watch This Video Before Trying To Get To Sleep! (Watch past the first :30 commercial)
Posted on 01/24/2011 3:11:27 PM PST by MindBender26
All this to fix one broken light on top of a TV transmission antenna!
Couldn’t watch more than about 10 seconds of the climbing. Fear of heights and all that.
"that 30 lb. bag would be just a pound or two heavier by the time I got to the top"
Holy smokes....made me wheezy watching it! Amazing! I’d have a parachute.
LOL...no kidding. No one mentioned the lightning storm that was inbound.
You could not pay me enough to do that....I got the heebie jeebies just watching this.....and then they put to guys on that platform at the very top.......
I admit I admire people that are willing to do this.....wow
I am glad that I am old enough to know that there are some things in life that I will never, ever do.
I’m just as sorry as I can be, but I’m afraid the world would have to live in darkness if they depended on me doing something like that.
I wonder how much those guys make.
Amazing to me as a private pilot I shouldn’t be bothered by that, but it gave me the willys. I guess in an aircraft it is just different. I was ok until he left the caged area, then the pucker factor went sky high.
I applied for a job doing this when I got out of the service. After visiting a job site, looking up, and seeing that tower bend and sway, I said no thanks.
Holy Cow! Thanks for posting.
Literally could not watch it.
But I personally would have weighed about 5 pounds less.... and the grass around the base of the tower would be very green and lush.
I realize a 1700 ft plus tower has to have a lot of cable support, but they can’t tell me that with the added weight of two men at the very top there is not going to be some swaying going on. The very thought of it swaying - even a little bit - watching those guys at the top was giving me the Chris Matthews tingle leg. As far as I’m concerned, those guys deserve top dollar.
The fees used to be (back in the 70s):
$35 hour travel time.
$1 a foot up
and $140 for each “in air” hour.
OMG... i am still clutching my keyboard...
YIKES but what a view...
i would have to fight the urge to free fall.
Wow that was amazing. Whatever these guys make, it’s not enough!
A station in TX I worked for and a tiny one man elevator up to the 1700 foot level. It was sort of a “rite of passage” for new reporters.
It was “fun” to look DOWN on a passing 182!
It’s worse. Due to the guy wires, they have harmonics and vibrate more than they sway!
Going up in dicey weather is the biggest no-no for tower riggers.
A friend of mine was in charge of engineering for several TV stations. Several years ago, he hired a crew to do some major work on a tall tower; namely, installing a new antenna on the top.
The climbers went up on a windy day despite requests not to. The antenna was just about to be put in place at the top of the tower when it became unstable at a moment when it was loose from its hoisting rig, due probably to the wind. Weighing many tons, it was far too massive for the riggers on top to control its oscillations by brute human force. It broke loose. As it fell, it took the guy wires and then the entire tower with it. Within five seconds, about as many men died that day.
In the inevitable civil suits from the workers’ families, my friend and his company proved complete due diligence on their own part, and posited a plausible theory of negligence on the part of tower crew. The result was no finding for the plaintiffs. His company had absolutely top notch legal representation—and they needed it.
To this day, my friend is prevented by his own company’s legal department from hiring that rigging company or its successors for tower work. (He understands why, and he concurs. But that day, so long ago, still gives him heartburn to think about.)
Oh, that..AGAIN? Seems like it’s being posted every other day or so. Getting so boring that I’ve lost all fear of heights by now. So thanks for that at least! ;-) (j/k - still a cool vid.)
I am in a cold sweat, nauseated and am crying for my momma. But I just had to watch. But only once.
You got that right. I started a lineman apprenticeship and went to a few company school sessions like one for climbing typical telephone wood poles with belt and spikes. The favorite thing for the old time instructors to do was to get to the top of a 110 foot with a rookie opposite him and start rocking the pool back and forth by each guy doing the opposite of the other-one when leaning out and leaning in. You wouldn’t believe how much those poles can sway when forced to.
Then there were stories of the past lumberjack types that would climb the pole then sit or even stand on top of the pole.
I left the program after seeing a large percentage had bad knees after years of climbing.
Glad OSHA approved the free climbing skills in this video or the guys would have died of old age before they got to the top.
We probably never would have heard of it until you posted it........so why post it if you are going to issue a warning?
I guess that’s not the place to tell your co-worker you’re dating his daughter or sleeping with his wife.
OK, I’m sorry for my prior comment.........whoa! And to think those two guys were illegals making minimum wage..........
Home viewing bookmark.
If I remember right, the guy who filmed this is a former PGR Ride Captain somewhere in Florida. Courageous man, no doubt!!!
O M G
By the time I'm on step no. 3, vertigo sets in, head swims, floor reaches up and tries to pull me down.
Mountain-tops don't bother me because I'm still on the earth no matter how high I go. But anything made by humans--ladders, airplanes, a kitchen chair--seems basically untrustworthy. Guys who can climb towers like the one in this video have my sincere admiration and praise, but not my envy.
After reaching the top...
“Bill, pass me the socket wrench set.”
“What?! I thought it was in your tool bag!”
bookmark for tomorrow.