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Created On: 13 July 2017 06:52 PM
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 13 July 2017 06:52 PM
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MWalker86

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Just wondered if anyone had anything to share on life being a spark, but tied to a tent pole at 500 feet?
 13 July 2017 07:38 PM
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OMS

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Well, I don't think I ever got to 500 feet, the closest was a few big flare stacks at a petrochemical plant (servicing the spark ignition units)

Whilst I never did much work on OH lines nor on pylons I did do some training near Nottingham and I did spend a bloody awful winter working with a DNO on systems up to 132kV

At which point, I came to my senses, went to work in Germany - realised that my life to date was a bit Alles Uber der Platz, blagged a job in Belgium on a wafer fab plant, earned good money, invested some in women and beer and squandered the rest on an electrical engineering degree when I got back to blighty

From that point, I had no intention of climbing a tower ever again - but respect to those guys that do - I went to SA to work with ESKOM on the back of that training - although I kept my feet firmly on the ground and shuffled about as an engineer whilst others did the work

I'm convinced that there is something in the water around Nottinghamshire as virtually every lunatic who climbs high structures for a living seems to hail from that area

So, that's my share - my advice is that it's not such a bad job, but you need to be cut out for it - and breaking into the power sector in that field isn't so easy to do (from scratch)

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 14 July 2017 06:46 AM
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ebee

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, earned good money, invested some in women and beer and squandered the rest on an electrical engineering degree



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 14 July 2017 08:29 AM
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 14 July 2017 10:34 AM
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John Peckham

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The RAMS for this would be an interesting read.

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 14 July 2017 11:47 AM
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OMS

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Flare Stacks at BP Baglan Bay

About 350 foot straight up - anyone climbing them had to have a medical and a drugs and alcohol screen on the day before starting the climb

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 14 July 2017 01:36 PM
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AJJewsbury

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Flare Stacks at BP Baglan Bay

Ah, I remember them well - you could only see the flames at night - looked quite pretty from the M4.
- Andy.
 14 July 2017 04:17 PM
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aligarjon

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I know someone who had to do something up one of the tall tower structures along side the Severn Bridge. Not a clue what he was doing but i believe he had something to do with one of the power stations.


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 14 July 2017 11:56 PM
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mapj1

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I have been involved with perhaps the odd antenna on the top of tall things, but I have not ever persoanlly installed anything heavier than connectors, more been to look at what has been done by others up top, or more commonly if possible with debugging problems from the comfort of the bottom.

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 15 July 2017 07:22 AM
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ebee

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Originally posted by: OMS

Flare Stacks at BP Baglan Bay



About 350 foot straight up - anyone climbing them had to have a medical and a drugs and alcohol screen on the day before starting the climb



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OMS



Quite right too.
Nobody should ever be allowed up there unless full of alcohol and drugs and unless certified medically insane

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 15 July 2017 05:45 PM
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MWalker86

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Originally posted by: ebee

Originally posted by: OMS



Flare Stacks at BP Baglan Bay







About 350 foot straight up - anyone climbing them had to have a medical and a drugs and alcohol screen on the day before starting the climb







Regards







OMS






Quite right too.

Nobody should ever be allowed up there unless full of alcohol and drugs and unless certified medically insane


I'd struggle to find it now but thanks to the Fred Dibnah link posted above I ended up watching one where he actually says he finds it much easier climbing after a few pints.
 17 July 2017 10:58 AM
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OMS

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Originally posted by: AJJewsbury

Flare Stacks at BP Baglan Bay


Ah, I remember them well - you could only see the flames at night - looked quite pretty from the M4.

- Andy.


Set against the sky glow of the blast furnaces at Margam and about 1/2 a million lights on the various plants, it certainly had a bit of "industrial chic" for sure, Andy


OMS

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