One of the questions we often are asked is why our rates for tower work are what they are. In today’s world, a tower crew needs the following, not only for themselves but to protect and do the best job for the client.
The first key is equipment. Having a crew with proper ropes, proper lifting blocks, and pulleys, and proper safety gear goes a long way. A job can be done more efficiently with the proper tools. In-Shape tools make a big difference. How many times have you gone to cut something with a dull blade? Tools get used up and have to be replaced.
Next up is safety and insurance. I lump these into the same category because an insured crew is safe for the client. Having the proper insurance protects the client from anything that may happen. Tower work is dangerous work. With insurance requirements comes updated training. Not only does this teach crews new methods of doing things, it helps them in becoming complacent in safety practices.
Availability is the next thing. Having a crew that can roll out in a timely manner to meet client’s needs takes a dedicated staff. We see too many part-time crews not bringing in enough money so they are having to moonlight doing other things. this lessens the availability because you have to find steady work to have quality people.
The last thing is the experience our crews have. Having been a veteran of the WISP industry for over 12 years I have seen many ways of doing things. So Have the rest of the experienced folks in our crews. We have done night climbs, harsh weather work, and custom work. Having someone who knows the WISP industry doing your tower work makes a huge difference.