BY linemen -- FOR linemen

THE ONLY PLACE for cutting-edge power transmission lineman technical rope access and rescue training beyond the norm...

  • Fall protection mandated by OSHA 1910.269 as of April 1, 2015
  • Transmission linemen
  • Tower maintenance workers
  • Substation workers
  • Hot stick maintenance crews
  • Safety personnel
  • Supervisors
  • Those working on mid span conductors
Drawing and logo by Reed Thorne, RTR  Copyright 2008


CONTRACT WORKSHOPS designed to be held at YOUR facility on YOUR towers and lines. Prices vary according to geographical location.


Ropes That Rescue provides TWO SERVICES to the Electric Utility and Power Delivery Industry:

  1. HANDS-ON TRAINING for transmission linemen and othere involved in electric power transmission. This training includes but is not limited to the recent OSHA mandated 100% fall protection standard under 1910.269. As of April 1, 2015, all transmission linemen must have a means of climbing a tower with full tie off. No more "free" climbing or "qualified climbers". AT RTR, this training is NOT provided by those unfamiliar with transmission lines and tower, but by a transmission line rescue specialist who has worked transmission since the early 1970's.
  2. WRITTEN PROCEDURES for your work method on power lines. Ropes That Rescue will write and meticulously illustrate with detail the procedures for the work method. See below example of our work for 1) a major western electric utility, and 2) a southern line contractor through Quanta Energized Services. RTR will take blueprints of your towers and structures and design the procedure to fit your needs. The procedures and associated illustrations will be comprehensive and will provide the groundwork for work method involving rope. A good ilustration is worth a thousand words. 

 Above, rope access illustrations by Ropes That Rescue for western utility 2015 (work is ongoing)
Below, rescue method  illustrations by RTR for Georgia contractor replacing V string insulators on energized
500kv lines, 2012. See Quanta Energized Services Inc. video below made from ths combination of hands-on
training and the written procedures for this important work. All illustrations are copyright© RTR 2015.

 Below, Quanta Energized Services video of Ropes That Rescue hands-on training at Georgia Power Company
where line crews were replacing center phase V string insulators on live 500kv lines. RTR illustrates all of its
towers from plans provided by their clients so that accuracy and detail are preserved in the drawings. 



"Ropes That Rescue
training is simply....unique."

We understand the differences between standard rope rescue, industrial rope access, technical rescue training techniques and equipment and those used in the 'tower trades'. RTR instructor, Reed Thorne, has been working in and around the towers for much of his life. His work with tower rescue training, including high voltage power transmission linemen, is unsurpassed anywhere in the world. Even the History Channel extensively documented Reed's rescue techniques in their series Suicide Missions presentation "High Voltage" filmed with Georgia Power linemen on energized 500,000 volt power lines! No other training company can bring to the table the depth of knowledge in rescue from towers of any kind like RTR. These simple, yet effective technical rescue techniques taught in several RTR programs incorporate the latest developments in lightweight, multi-function equipment that workers would be normally using to provide work positioning and fall protection at elevation. At the conclusion of our training, participants will be better prepared to deal with emergencies they may encounter during routine work assignments.
RTR industrial rope access training focuses on job-specific techniques and extensive hands-on practicals to provide tower workers with the means for both self-rescue and more difficult evacuation of injured coworkers. In these provocative courses, first responder patient assessment and stabilization is taught so that tower worker or lineman can better respond to medical emergencies involved at elevation.
Spend between three to seven days learning the techniques from Ropes That Rescue expert instructors either at your facility in four customized contract courses or join us for the annual "open enrollment" Tower Rigging Workshop at a US host facility. See black box below for more information.

Also new...
tower rescueInstructor, Reed Thorne, of Ropes That Rescue Ltd. has just recently completed the first-ever, feature-length multi-media training DVD series "TOWER RESCUE for Emergency Responders"! (Available from Highline Productions) In the near future, the second series "TOWER RESCUE for Tower Workers" will be completed. A full color, 200 page Tower Rescue manual (see cover) accompanies each DVD.

For Linemen: RTR is the only company in the US that offers rope access and rescue training to power transmission line crews. Our industrial rope access rescue practices go beyond rudimentary "pole top" procedures and specialize in not only line worker self-rescue from elevated locations, but in advanced rescue techniques from conductors and locations where pole top or bucket truck access is not possible. For a great open and honest assessment TESTIMONIAL about our transmission linemen training click HERE

"The choice is not a choice at all...

Reed has the years and years of experience with high voltage power lines that others teaching tower rescue lack...

Who else would you trust?"

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Ropes That Rescue seminars have been featured on the covers of both TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION WORLD, UTILITY SAFETY and ELECTRIC ENERGY magazines. Reed Thorne is also a speaker at many conferences in the power delivery industry including EEI, ESMO 2000, 2002 and T&D World Expo 2000.

Read the T&D Article

...well, who has

RTR taught?...

  • Con Edison (03' Utility of the Year)
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • Pacific Gas and Electric instructors from Livermore Training Center
  • Sacramento Metro Utility District
  • Georgia Power Co.
  • National Security Agency antenna tower technicians
  • Baltimore Gas & Electric Company
  • Bonneville Power Admin
  • US Bureau Reclamation —Grand Coulee Dam Power Office
  • AZ Dept of Transportation and Florida DOT structural bridge inspectors
  • San Diego Gas & Elec
  • Tucson Electric Power
  • Consumer Energy
  • Northwestern Energy
  • Vermont Electric Transmission
  • Keiwitt Western Co
  • Edward Kramer & Sons
  • Salt River Project

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VERMONT ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION CO linemen training on one of their 400 KVDC tangent structures during a Ropes That Rescue 3 day workshop on transmission line rescue. Workshop was held at Island Pond in August 1999 and again in September 2000.

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Linemen rescue training on a live 345kv line with ORANGE & ROCKLAND UTILITIES (Con Edison, NY). in September 2001. This is the company newsletter distributed to employees. Photo from O&RU

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Vermont Electric Transmission during Level 2 program in 2001

"The choice is not a choice at all...

Reed has the year and years of experience with high voltage power lines that others teaching tower rescue lack...

Who else would you trust?"

Tucson Electric 2003
Reed Thorne (far right) with crews

Baltimore Gas & Electric
Baltimore Gas & Electric linemen use a vertical lift full C spine immobilization device to lower a simulated traumatic injury worker off an energized 138kv double circuit transmission line. Photo taken from adjacent Condor bucket truck.