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    Dateline tonight! "Tower Dogs"

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25736991/

    NEW YORK - - An upcoming "Dateline Presents" takes a never-before-seen journey into the perilous world of the tower climbers who work on the frontlines of America's high-tech communications system. They scale heights of up to 2,000 feet, in all types of weather, to install, maintain, and upgrade cell phone, Internet, and broadcast towers coast to coast. And according to figures cited by OSHA, these so-called tower dogs have the highest death rate per capita of any occupation in the country.

    The hour-long broadcast goes up close and personal to give a no-holds-barred look at tower dogs' lives – up in the air and on the ground. We experience their on-the-job tension and watch them work hard, play hard, and mourn when they lose one of their own. In a twist on all the dangerous-job programs viewers have already seen, "Tower Dogs" follows an unusual subcontract crew boss: a woman named Nikki Collins, a single mom, former cheerleader, and the person keeping her tough-guy charges in one piece.

    There are approximately 9,500 tower climbers working at any given time, and they spend about 300 days per year on the road. A "Dateline" team worked with veteran tower dog Doug Delaney for four months documenting this group of tower climbers as they worked their way through 40 towns and cities in 24 states. During this time there were seven fatalities nationwide, including five deaths in a 12-day period in April.

    "Tower Dogs" airs on Monday, July 21 at 10:00 PM/ET. David Corvo is the executive producer.
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    I saw the promo for this last night and obviously thought of you

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    funny at work we just saw a article in like wireless news about the ten most dangerous jobs and that was one of them. i think 7 people died in a week.
    The other jobs in the top ten were people that work in recycling plants . someone explain that to me and the people that pick up the recyclables on the street were in the top ten.
    hardees rules.

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    off topic but i didnt wont to start a whole topic but whats the avarage a phone like the rokr can pick up off a tower

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyelton
    off topic but i didnt wont to start a whole topic but whats the avarage a phone like the rokr can pick up off a tower
    Not sure what you mean. Back on topic.

    Be careful up there, TM.

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    just watched this its amazing what you do to keep service for us! i could not do that job. THANKS!!!!

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    Heh I do structure and tank climbing here and there. It is always a scary thought knowing that people get messed up and killed doing that stuff. At the same time, not really something I've considered except before going up and after coming back down.

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    TM do you actually climb? Other site technicians that I know (at other carriers) just work inside the equipment shelter... they have contractors when climbing needs to be done.

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    If you guys are going to think I'm a whole lot cooler, then yeah. Otherwise, no. I just stay at the bottom and dodge falling debris.

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    Brings a much more twisted meaning to "it's raining men"

    Don't let anyone hit you on the head with a wrench while you're out there TM.
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    Cool stuff!
    Here's the full story info w/ videos: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25786803/
    (Different from the first link posted)

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