View Full Version : Are you scared of heights?

02-13-2010, 10:02 PM

Gave me shivers just watching??

02-14-2010, 07:07 AM
I remember seeing this a while back. You would not catch my ass anywhere near that place. With all the deaths that have occured in recent years... No way! Not me!

02-14-2010, 08:21 AM
Not in the least, but some of that just looks suicidal! I've no problem with heights as long as I know what I'm standing on is solid, then I'll go right to the edge of it, but walking that beam is crazy. LOL. FWIW, there is no way that the cable they're tying off to will hold any of them if the walkway gave way. When you have a cable stretched 50ft between two points for a tie off, the two connection points have to be able to withstand 4x the load, EACH. This gets larger the longer the expanse of cable. Those eyebolts coming out of the rockface only keep the cable from arching down, it does not releave any of the strain on the end points. They should at least have new tie points every 20ft so that you lessen the chances of more than one person being tied to a certain cable at a time. In essence those guys are just tying off for their own peace of mind, and they probably have no idea. Nice find.
Some pictures I took with my camera phone from my last couple of jobs.
Some pictures from around Greenville.
19 stories up on a pitched metal roof installing roof anchors where there previously were none....in a -20 degree snow storm.
The two buildings we were working on.

02-14-2010, 07:35 PM
I used to be, then I joined the Army and went through Airborne school, and it's not really an issue now. But if I have my choice, I like to stay on the ground, lol.

02-15-2010, 09:01 PM
...Some pictures I took with my camera phone from my last couple of jobs.

What is your line of work?

C.R.S.'s video find made my palms sweaty. How'd they get the material up there? On the backs of men, I'll bet.

Plenty of traffic on it for it being in such poor condition.

02-16-2010, 06:27 AM
I used to work in high angle building restoration (6yrs). We did anything needed to the outside of buildings, painting, cleaning, window replacement, etc. That job moved me into a job managing installations for a high angle fall protection company. We designed and installed the systems, making sure they met ANSI I-14 standards (the regulation that OSHA refers to when consulting on fall protection). I miss rappelling off the buildings, that was the most fun part of the job. Highest building I've ever rappelled off of was 871ft.

02-16-2010, 05:46 PM
ever do any aussie style rapelling Matt?

02-16-2010, 06:58 PM
When I was doing Commercial HVAC Service Contracting, I had to survey the Roof Top Units on the Liberty Property Buildings downtown Greenville SC. While up there I would not venture close to the roof edge because of my fear of heights. The Facility Director said when he first started he used tie off via lanyard and hang over the edge and hang the Christmas Lights. He said it was a rush. I asked him if he got hazard pay, he said no but I should've asked back then ARRRG!

I'm OK up to about 20' anything over that gives me the shakes!
For those folks who work in these environs my Hats Off to Ya!!

02-16-2010, 10:02 PM
the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tallest building in the world.
the man in the crane has lived up there for the last year becouse it takes to long to come down.
more than 160 stories and approximately 1/2 mile tall.
how would you like to walk that scaffolding?

02-17-2010, 05:41 AM
ever do any aussie style rapelling Matt?
No, that has really no use what-so-ever in practical life other than being fantastical. It's not even the most efficient or fastest way to rappel because of where it puts your weight. It'd fatigue your lower back over a long rappel. It looks cool though in the movies.

Chuck, you know a lady jumped off of Liberty 1 the year before last. I was up there the day before doing a certification inspection on their roof anchors, and came back to do the ones on Liberty 2 and they informed me it might not be the best time because their owner was freaking out about letting anyone ontop of their building. She apparently told the guards that she was a reporter (with fake credentials), and wanted pictures of Greenville from a high building. He took her up on the roof, walked over to check another door on the roof, and when he came back she was crawling over the edge. He said he yelled to her, she just looked at him, and jumped. That's about 170ft straight down to the cemetery side where she hit, and yes, you do leave a crater in the concrete when you hit.

Stretch......Yeah, and their version of OSHA isn't nearly as strict. Dubai averages well over 6,000 work related deaths, and rising, every year in a country that is 20 times smaller than the state of South Carolina. In fact it's only twice the size of Greenville County alone. To put that in perspective, we average 5,300 work related deaths each year in the entire US, imagine 3,000 people a year dying in work related deaths in Greenville County (8 a day falling off buildings/getting hit or run over). That crane operator that's living up there isn't making $70/hr either like he would here in the US, more like $5/hr, and that's high pay. There is no regulation saying how long he's allowed to stay up there before coming down. If he makes a mistake and kills someone because he's fatigued there is no law suit. In reality there is no reason that he'd need to live up there because the tower crane needs to be no more than 2 stories above the highest point on the building. They could have access from the top (occupied) floor of the building and it would take no more than 60 min for his replacement to reach him or him to get to a work elevator to get down. They have to "jump" a construction crane with a building as the building raises because the crane is not structurally sound in and of itself. There is so much construction going on over there, when our construction has practically haulted, because of the cheap labor and no regulations (both for the workers on the building, and for the workers in the companies that are manufacturing the building materials). You wouldn't catch me dead working on a building in certain countries.