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Remember climbing the radar mast????

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Old 8th January 2013, 17:32
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Remember climbing the radar mast????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbEqnLjHyf8


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Old 8th January 2013, 17:58
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Aaargh!!! I couldn't watch to the end, I ran upstairs to saw the legs off the bed, but I blacked out on the third step.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9970..._view_of_York/ third picture in nearly made me ill, but this.
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Old 8th January 2013, 18:01
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I wonder how many applicants there were for the job, F.J. ????

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Old 8th January 2013, 18:50
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Hmm, my radar mast view here just doesn't compare to what those guys in the previous posts go through.
Fair game to them, rather them than me.
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Old 8th January 2013, 18:53
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I feel queesy - but I saw it to the end - going for a lie down now.
Brought back memories of the Menantic in Brunei Bay when the radar scanner stopped going round.
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Old 8th January 2013, 18:55
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Curious to find out more I did a bit of googling and found that Tower climbing is supposedly the most dangerous job in the US (Deaths per 1000 employed) http://www.wirelessestimator.com/t_c...ame=Fatalities
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Old 8th January 2013, 19:44
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Reminds me of the day I was servicing a scanner on a forward gantry on a Greek tanker in Falmouth docks, got about halfway up the ladder when one of the rungs gave way, on closer examination the only thing holding the rungs to the ladder was a bit of rust and the years of layers of paint, the rungs were nearly all rusted away, came down the ladder quicker than I went up and the dockyard had to replace the ladder.
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Old 8th January 2013, 19:53
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Reminds me of a character in Thomas Pynchon's book V, Pig Bodine, a sailor on the USS Scaffold, who climbed the radar mast in order to stand in front of the radiating antenna in order to render himself sterile because he had run out of 'French Ticklers' and his girlfriend ashore would allow no intimacies without protection.
He was saved by the pile of hamburgers others in the crew had put there to cook.
I wonder if you can cook hamburgers, or meatballs, with radar?
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Old 8th January 2013, 19:57
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What a way to change a light bulb.
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Old 8th January 2013, 19:59
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Is it safe to assume that they have no equivalent of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Schedule 5 ?
Or maybe they just choose to work around it and consider such things advisory and a hindrance to getting the job done.

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Old 8th January 2013, 20:22
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eZudM2ZSlA

bit of rope access here - how many times would you say "can you just check this rope one more time"
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Old 8th January 2013, 20:35
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I wonder if you can cook hamburgers, or meatballs, with radar?
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Very inefficiently but yes, both devices use a magnetron, I think the burger would be cold though by the time you came down off the mast!!
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Old 8th January 2013, 20:41
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And the meatballs? How would they fare?
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Old 8th January 2013, 20:45
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I dunno but you wud need big meatballs to climb that transmission tower.

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Old 8th January 2013, 21:05
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They must be highly motivated workers.

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Old 8th January 2013, 21:07
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Why did they blur that bloke's face? Are they Gypsies nicking copper?

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Old 8th January 2013, 21:17
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If you fell from the top of that tower, not only would you have time to kiss your ass goodbye, you could brush your teeth and write a note to the boss pointing out the dangers of working aloft, before you hit the deck.
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Old 8th January 2013, 21:42
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Beats bomb disposal for me, Pat.............for that very reason.

At least sitting next to a bomb would give little notice of your demise should the worst happen.
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Old 8th January 2013, 22:01
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If you fell from the top of that tower, not only would you have time to kiss your ass goodbye, you could brush your teeth and write a note to the boss pointing out the dangers of working aloft, before you hit the deck.
Taking that shortcut down reminds me of when Australian wharfies would take 2 hours to accept a gangway then jump over the wall at smoko time.

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Old 8th January 2013, 22:13
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All that and it was only water in the waveguides !!!!
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Old 8th January 2013, 22:33
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I recall in Cammell Lairds in the late 60s, us crane drivers were paid an extra half hour flat rate to grease all the sheaves on the crane. That included those at the top of the jib, and if you were on those Butters monotower cranes, those at the top of the tower as well.
No safety harness in those days, I became expert at operating a grease gun between my arm and my chest, while clinging on to the nearest girder with as death grip!
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Old 8th January 2013, 22:41
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I recall in Cammell Lairds in the late 60s, us crane drivers were paid an extra half hour flat rate to grease all the sheaves on the crane. That included those at the top of the jib, and if you were on those Butters monotower cranes, those at the top of the tower as well.
No safety harness in those days, I became expert at operating a grease gun between my arm and my chest, while clinging on to the nearest girder with as death grip!
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Your a braver man than me then Pat. I draw the line at thick carpets mate.
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Old 8th January 2013, 22:45
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After all those years climbing radar/antenna masts at sea, then more time climbing poles for BT my last job required me to use a step ladder to gain access to the school attic to run Cat5 network cables. I was told I had to attend a one day 'Ladder Course' which I did, and got a nice looking certificate for my efforts. I then cracked the joke that while using a step ladder to put the certificate up on the workroom wall I fell off the ladder and broke my foot.
My boss wasn't overly amused.
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Old 8th January 2013, 23:02
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Back in the 70s when I was 4-8 Third Engineer on field days, I thought nothing of scaling the navigation mast on a VLCC to replace the Nav' Light bulbs. I would sit on the steel disc on top of the fixture with nothing but air above. 120 feet to the deck and the ship gently rolling, with some great views of the South African Coast. Alas these days a 10 ft step ladder seems daunting. The guys in this video have my total admiration.
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Old 9th January 2013, 01:17
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I was mate on one ship that had been back to the builders in Japn for guarantee docking.
Left Japan for Korea and I was on watch. Nice weather with a long slow roll.
Radar working well untl the scanner landed on the bridge wing near me.
Anyway, saved Sparkie climbing up to fix it.
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