NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association released the Safety Equipment Manufacturers Committee (SEMC) Guide for Wire Rope Safety Climbs on Antenna Supporting Structures – 2020 consensus document. This 15-page manufacturer consensus document is intended to address use of a wire rope safety climb/system in the telecommunications industry. This resource is only intended to apply to structures that are governed by the ANSI/TIA-222 standard, as adopted by the International Building Code (IBC) and other jurisdictional building codes.
The SEMC’s objective is to provide detailed information applicable to the performance, installation, inspection, maintenance, and repair of wire rope safety climbs/systems for antenna supporting structures with ANSI/TIA-222 defined climbing facilities. This document also provides the structure owner, or the Engineer of Record (EOR), loading requirements necessary to analyze the wire rope safety climb connection as well as quantify the specific loading based number of users who may utilize the wire rope safety climb/system at any given time.