Instructor Spotlight – Sean Cooper

by | Oct 2, 2019 | News, Safety News

Instructor Spotlight

Sean Cooper

Sean’s climbing career began in 2001 when he entered the industry as a
 tower hand. He quickly found his niche and passion as an erector. He was soon overseeing all erections and modifications at Shenandoah Tower Service. He took on the training responsibilities at Shenandoah in 2007 and took 125+ climbers on their first tower.

Sean founded his own tower service company in 2014. He was a member of the NATE OSHA relations committee from 2011 to 2016. He helped write and edit the ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification, and Maintenance of Communication Structures. Today, he remains on the A10.48 committee and is currently a member of the NATE Trade Show Committee.

After assisting longtime friend JP Jones with the Safety LMS program several times including a NATE event, a NATE/OSHA/Washington Gas event, as well as Warriors 4 Wireless classes, Sean became an advocate for the program and became passionate about teaching it himself.
Sean is currently the Safety and Training Coordinator at ERI Installations where he teaches the Safety LMS program to all new, as well as seasoned employees.

When not training his co-workers at ERI, Sean is regularly climbing to 1000’+ to map, repair, and service broadcast towers. But, what really excites him about his work is big repack work, which includes the installation and removal of television antennas. “Gin Pole and Helicopter work on tall towers is about as intense and gratifying as it gets.” 

Away from the telecom industry Sean loves spending time with his family. “We love the outdoors. We love to fish, hunt, and camp. What matters most, is just spending time together.” At the top of his list is family travel. At 54, Sean doesn’t see himself slowing down anytime soon.

Sean is driven by the ongoing relationships that he, as an instructor, is able to build with the students over the 3-4 days that they are working together for a class and believes that there is nothing more gratifying than a former student calling or emailing for advice. He doesn’t take that privilege lightly and if he doesn’t have an answer to the question, he will get it!

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