NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association yesterday released a video on the topic of suspension trauma. The video includes, according to NATE, important information that all tower technicians, trainers and first responder personnel need to know regarding how to respond effectively to a suspension trauma situation at a tower site.
Actual reenactment footage filmed at a tower site is used in the video to illustrate what happens to a tower climber in a suspension trauma situation. The video also features a testimonial interview with renowned rescue trainer Brian Horner of LTR Training Systems, Inc., in Anchorage, Alaska. In the video, he challenges the industry to address suspension trauma rescue and response from a new perspective; using better techniques, equipment and management systems.
“As a safety trainer, this topic has been a heated discussion point of mine for a number of years. The information in this video is a paradigm shift on understanding worker susceptibility to suspension and its treatment. It can serve as the impetus to introduce better response and rescue protocols when it comes to the threat of suspension syndrome to workers in the tower industry,” stated Horner.
“I would encourage all tower climbers and companies working in the industry to watch and share the information contained in this video and proactively pursue additional training, education and research related to suspension trauma,” he added.
Click here to watch the “Suspension Trauma” Video.