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High-Angle Rescue Challenges: Wind Turbines and Radio Antenna Towers

By George Potter  The vast majority of high-angle rescue specialists are very experienced and competent in a wide variety of incident scenarios: ravines, mountain faces, wells, caves, building façades, and industrial complexes. There are other high-angle rescue situations, however, that require all of the rescuers’ accumulated knowledge and experience, along with very demanding material requirements to perform the operations successfully; rescue operations in radio antenna towers and wind energy turbines are examples and are addressed here. Radio Antenna Response Most of today’s radio antenna towers are built of slim section tubular metal structural eleme...

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