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Introduction to SNG and ENG Microwave by Jonathan Higgins

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Operating ENG pneumatic masts

As we saw earlier, ENG trucks inevitably have a pneumatic mast, and this brings us to a hazard that is peculiar to ENG microwave – that of raising the mast. The hazards we have spoken of already are real enough, but of all the equipment we discuss in this book, the most potentially hazardous is not the microwave antenna, or the electrical supply, but the pneumatic mast. The raising of a 40 foot plus pole vertically into the air places a heavy burden of responsibility on the operator.

Overhead hazards

In the United States raising a mast into overhead cables is a too common incident, due to the fact that there are a lot of ENG microwave vans in use, with operators who often have not been trained properly, and working ...

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