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Safety training for people who work at high elevations is offered in Amarillo

Safety training for people who work at high elevations is offered in Amarillo (Photo by Kendra Hall ABC 7).{ }

An Amarillo man started a company after he won the WT Enterprise Challenge. His company is called Optimum Rope Access Solutions and he trains people who work at high elevations.

This week, people from all over the country are going through training at Amarillo College.

Most of the people who go through the training work on wind turbines, tall buildings or power lines. This training teaches them how to prevent injury and do their jobs more efficiently.

Todd Bentley started cleaning windows as a side job. Eventually, commercial customers asked about high-rise window cleaning.

"I decided if we were going to do that, then we were going to do it safe, so I went and got certified in rope access, which is an extremely safe and versatile way to access things," said Bentley, owner of Optimum Rope Access Solutions.

He decided to start his own business and won the WT Enterprise Challenge. Now, he trains people at Amarillo College's East Campus.

He says this work is important, especially in this area with all of the wind turbines.

"Our goal is to teach people how to work safely at height," said Bentley. "There's various industries that use working at height. The big ones that we train are wind energy, telecom, and rope access."

He says wind energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, especially in Texas.

"Well you're always going to have risk, you're always going to have hazards," said Billie Jones, going through training. "This teaches us how to be more aware and it gives us more options if something does happen."

The training teaches them how to save themselves and others in a dangerous situation.

"We train all these wind technicians ultimately to be their own first responders," said Bentley. "So every wind technician that goes and works at height is going to be certified at minimum in how to climb safely, how to do rescues at height, how to do first aid and trauma."

Bentley says he is thankful to the WT Enterprise Center for allowing him to offer this training right here in the Panhandle.


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