Aerial erectors work on tall structures, performing repairs, maintenance, and construction. The aerial erector’s typical working environments include towers, scaffolding, and other high places. The aerial erector works exclusively at heights that might make other workers nervous, from changing light bulbs on top of radio towers to checking cellphone towers for wire chaffing. Many of these workers repair and test electronic equipment, as well as make necessary equipment changes. The erector’s responsibilities also include the installation and construction of radio, television, and radar antennas.
Aerial erectors are required to work at extreme heights. Because the majority of the work entails climbing very tall steel towers to gain access to the work site, physical fitness is required. From the installation and fastening together of the tower sections to the attachment of guide wires to stabilize the tower, the aerial erector is part of the actual tower assembly. Wiring the lights, antennas, and other electronics on the tower frequently necessitates the presence of more than one erector on the tower at the same time. Accidents can occur as a result of crowding or unintentional contact between workers.
Mental toughness, in addition to physical strength, is a requirement for the aerial erector. It’s crucial to be able to focus on the task at hand while keeping in mind the extreme working height. Working at extreme heights necessitates meticulous attention to detail and thoroughness.
If you forget a tool or a component that you’ll need to finish the repair or installation, you could lose several hours of time. Climbing to the desired working height can take several hours in some cases. Excess climbing due to forgotten components depletes the worker’s energy, potentially resulting in an accidental slip due to fatigue.
In order to avoid dropping tools and components, the aerial erector must have nimble and deft hands. A tool dropped from the top of a tall tower could be dangerous to those on the ground below. Even the tiniest of objects dropped from a great height could damage or destroy equipment and machinery. In most areas, there are restrictions on how far an erector can climb without stopping. When the aerial erector is climbing and descending a tower, small platforms are placed at the appropriate intervals to provide a resting location.