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So far these blogs have been all burgers, music, and the occasional tower climber observation, and it’s time to change that. If you’re reading this you are most likely looking forward to the working world slowly returning to normal. COVID-19 shut our nation down, and if you thought passing the time with an endless selection of Netflix and Hulu shows was rough – imagine a repeat without Cell Towers being operational. No FaceTime, no texting, no Instagram, we are lucky to say the least, and we owe some thanks here. With that in mind, today, I want to really take a deeper dive into who these tower climber guys are – what do they do, what does it really take to be a tower climber, how dangerous is it really? 

Well to start, understanding a tower climber’s job is imperative to doing my job. We can’t insure them if we don’t know what is involved. Like most specialty industries, there is a certification process involved. A lot of these guys have at the very least a fearless eye in the face of heights and the ability to travel. Most towers are anywhere from 50 to 200 feet tall, and that’s no joke when you’re climbing a ladder with a harness and your own consciousness to keep you company. Most tower jobs also require at least a small amount of travel to service their various locations. Certifications are required in various OSHA, Safety & First Aid, Climbing & Rigging and Technical Repair. These certifications expire at specific intervals to ensure the climbers stay up to date on all necessary qualifications. 

So the next time you find yourself scrolling through memes while refueling your car, or telling yourself you “really need to go to sleep” as you browse Facebook at 2 am, remember what it takes to keep that data circulating as fast as your scrolling fingers can swipe. 

At Volaris, we try to make an effort to thank these tower climbers every Tuesday with #towerclimbertuesday posts, and I encourage you to take part in that if you feel moved to do so. Feel free to tag a Tower Climber you know or send us a funny story from your life up there on the towers. 

Well we find ourselves at the end of another blog, thank you for reading, be sure to comment on any Cell Tower Topics you’d like me to cover in the future, be safe out there and here it is – this week’s playlist: 

For Giants – Big Day

Operation Ivy – Energy 

Gavin Luke – The New Queen