To provide feedback to members, industry stakeholders and manufacturers about performance testing of wire rope safety climb system components under different conditions, NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association published a relevant white paper on Sept. 28. The 15-page paper, “2021 Safety Equipment Manufacturers Committee (SEMC) Wire Rope Safety Sleeve Testing Report II,” gives the test details.
The Safety Equipment Manufacturers Committee verified the accuracy of the results of forty-five indoor drop tests conducted in a climate-controlled environment at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) over the course of three days. In publishing the results, NATE said that it wanted improve safety by increasing awareness and by improving testing methods. The testing used new equipment attached to an antenna supporting structure designed to the ANSI/TIA-222 (H) Standard.
NATE has made the white paper available to the its members and others here.
The chairman of the SEMC, Jeremy Buckles, said that the release of the testing report results is intended to educate employers, employees and companies, and enhance safety in the communications infrastructure industry. “SEMC looks forward to continue to fulfill our mission of advancing our industry’s worker protection efforts through future testing initiatives and research,” he said.
Among companies and organizations participating in the testing and the white paper development were 3M, Allfasteners USA, Crown Castle, Deuer Development, GME Supply, MillerCo, NATE, PerfectVision and Sabre Industries. Additional participants included SBA Communications, Skylotec North America, Trylon TSF, Tuf-Tug, USA Telecom, Insurance Services and UDRI.
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