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Tower Erection Basics Course Tower Erection Basics class Tower Erection Basics training


Duration: 1 day/8 hours


This 8-hour course will teach and expose the student to the basic techniques and standards necessary to erect the most common communication towers, utilizing industry standards applicable to basic tower erection.

As prescribed by industry and manufacturers standards, this course will teach workers in the tower erection industry the preferred safest methods and techniques to erect the most common communications towers.


1. Pre-Job Safety
   • Pre-Job Survey
   • Hazard Identification
   • Pre-Job Inspection
   • Safety Meetings

2. Pre-Tower Erection (classroom and hands-on)   
   • Off-loading Tower Steel
   • Inventory and Preparation
   • Pre-assembly on Ground
   • Task Assignments
   • Tower Erection Plan

3. Lift Equipment/Devices
   • Powered Platforms, Manlifts
   • Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms
   • Cranes, Hoists
   • Winches
   • Cranes, Hoists
   • Helicopters
   • Slings

4. Communications and Interfacing
   • USA Standard Hand Signals
   • Radio Communications
   • Alternate Communications

5. Tower Designs
   • Self-support Towers
   • Monopole Towers
   • Guyed Towers
   • Other Tower Structures

6. Tower Assembly (class-room and hands-on)
   • Foundations and Anchor bolts
   • Anchor Blocks and Points
   • Single Section Assembly
   • Multiple Section Assembly

Referenced standards:
• OSHA 1910.66 – Powered Platforms, Manlifts and Vehicle-mounted work
• OSHA 1910.183 – Helicopters
• OSHA 1910.184 – Slings
• OSHA 1296.550 – Cranes and Derricks
• OSHA 1926.750 – Steel Erection
• OSHA 1926.751 – Structural steel assembly
• OSHA 1926.752 – Steel Erection – Bolting, Riveting, Fitting-up, and Plumbing-up
• EIA/TIA-222 – Structural Standards for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna
Supporting Structures


Certifications/Completion Cards Received After Successful Completion:
Tower Erection Basics wallet-sized certification card 

Required Equipment:
Work boots (steel-toed preferred), cotton pants and cotton long sleeve shirts. Bring PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)