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New rescue tower allows workers to train in N.L.

A local engineering company has partnered with a leader in health and safety training to provide a new program to high-angle workers in Newfoundland and Labrador.
A high angle worker takes a mandatory course at a new training tower in Paradise. (CBC)

A local engineering company has partnered with a leader in health and safety training to provide a new program to high-angle workers in Newfoundland and Labrador.  

A new high-angle training tower in the town of Paradise will be used by workers in the province to obtain mandatory high angle rescue certification.

New safety legislation requires that workers take a training course on a high-angle tower. Until the new tower was built in the province, workers had to travel to other parts of Canada to get the necessary training.

Rick Tiller, president of St. John's-based Tiller Engineering Inc, said it only made sense for the training tower to be built in the province because it would be close to demand.

"As soon as you step on a communication tower or transmission tower, you have to follow the strict safety code requirements of the Canadian labour code — and it is a legislative requirement that all workers be trained not just to climb, but also to provide rescue," Tiller said. 

Tiller said increased demand for cellphone service means there is an increase in the number of cell tower maintenance workers entering the field needing training. 

"Lower Churchill will have close to 4,000 transmission towers, which are similar structures to telecommunications towers."

Tiller said the training tower is the second one of its kind in the country, and based on interest he has already received from international companies, he expects that business will be good.

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