Off-Shore Capabilities / Services
We have technicians that are certified to work in an offshore environment and Deep South Communications can perform any type of telecommunications work offshore.
We own the equipment to install and remove communication towers including hydraulic winches that are intrinsically safe, have been certified to operate in a marine environment, operate with biodegradable hydraulic fluid and are self-contained units that have been designed to be lifted in a dynamic environment.
We own multiple gin poles that can be used in an offshore environment and take special pride in the offshore part of our business. We are one of a handful of companies that owns and maintains our own Gin Poles and Hoists per TIA 1019-A and the new ANSI A10.48. This allows us to install and remove communications towers offshore without the need for a crane or helicopter. We have saved our customers significant sums of money doing this.
We employ a full time Safety Director who oversees our safety program. Each tower technician is put through an intense 3 day class in Tower Climbing Safety and Rescue. They also attend up to three more highly skilled 5 day classes on Specialized Rope Access Training (SPRAT) and are experts in rope access and rescue. We are the only company today in our industry that I am aware of that utilizes this type of safety program. Most companies use a NATE approved program for their Tower Climbing Safety and Rescue. While adequate for maintaining minimum training, there is still an average of one fatality per month in this industry along with the many non-fatal accidents. The program we use has been in existence since the early 90’s and has no fatalities. This point alone speaks volumes about our commitment to safety and ability to think outside the box.
What this safety commitment means to our customer is a significantly reduced risk of exposure. Our technicians are also trained in first aid and CPR. We have one of the most stringent drug testing programs in existence. We use hair follicle testing that looks at the last 90 days on average and cannot be beat by the employee. Our drug testing program is administered by a third party and tests 100% of our employees yearly, twice that of the industry standard. Sixty percent of the applicants that apply to work at Deep South Communications from our competitors cannot pass our drug tests. Most of those are still employed in this industry.