Telecom Monopole Service

Case Study:

How to Fix and Replace Monopole Radio Units Only Using a Telescopic Boom Lift From a Single Setup Point

What was the challenge?

Our client, a $35M family-owned regional electrical services provider employs over 250 experienced employee and contractor electricians. They deliver superior electrical construction and maintenance services to a large variety of industrial and commercial clients, government, and building management institutions across the mid-Atlantic region.

The client’s climbers and electricians frequently rent JLG man-lifts and cranes to install or repair electric infrastructure at heights. The client’s management team has long been frustrated with their crane provider. For some time, breakdowns in the provider’s communication on dispatch and billing resulted in poor end-customer experience and lost revenue. The client had never seen extreme height-access, German-made, telescopic boom lifts, custom-built on Kenworth chassis, but quickly decided to try it as an alternative to their expensive and uncooperative supplier.

The challenge for the test project involved a 165-foot monopole owned by American Tower in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The job consisted of lifting radio modules of 50-80 pounds each on ropes affixed to the basket, removing the old modules from the monopole, and installing the new ones.

Alpha Platforms committed to completing this job in one day.

What was the solution?

Alpha Platforms dispatched its A-175 telescopic boom lift, reaching heights of 175 feet, outfitted with an articulating jib boom of 31.6 feet, capable of swiveling 360 degrees around the monopole tower from a single setup point.
The climbers arrived onsite at 9 am, greeted with a hot breakfast of eggs, coffee, and cinnamon buns from a local bakery. To the amazement of the crew, the setup took just 15 minutes. The oversized 12-foot basket fitted their entire team of four laborers plus their equipment. To access the radio cells nested in the pole, workers removed and hung large cover panels onto the cage, which, to their surprise, produced zero rattling or cage vibration.
Alpha’s operator handled the lift, allowing the crew to focus on the job at hand and complete it quickly and efficiently.
The specs of our state-of-the-art A-175 lift:

What was the outcome?

The entire job typically would have taken 10 hours or more. Alpha completed it in 6 hours, including setup and takedown.

How did the client save at least four hours?

Alpha created efficiencies through a streamlined process of lifting new parts into the cage. Our operator continuously rotated the cage around the monopole allowing workers to remove and replace old parts by many hands-on-deck in the same basket working together. Also, not having to move the truck once as the workers quickly went up, down, and around the pole dramatically increased their productivity.

Our precise German-made lifts have become the height access method of choice for those who try them, as they combine unmatched productivity, safety, and reach.
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Notable 175 Foot Boom Lift Capabilities
  • 12-foot extra large cage
  • 1,322 lbs lifting capacity for crew, equipment, and materials
  • Jib length 31’6’’
  • Parking in tight spaces 8’6’’ wide
  • Jib length 31’6’’
  • Cage rotation 2 x 80°

Customer Testimonials
from Case Studies

Carlos Honorio Jr.
Honorio Designs

Great experience! First time on the 300 foot boom for a Local Law Facade Inspection. Vadim, the operator, was in complete control of the equipment and made the whole process smooth. Flagmen secured the area below and allowed my Client to operate their hotel without any disturbance. Honorio Designs Architecture, PLLC

Brian Rosado Hernández
The Telecom Company Foreman

Excellent service, arriving on time every day, responsible with the load limit, very attentive to the lubrication and controls of the crane.

Thomas Inciarte
Telecom Company Representative

Excellent team working with us, always willing to do anything for the best

The Signage Company Owner

It was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top-notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From the first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. We will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects. Thank you for your help!

Ryan Hughes

I had an emergency project on a 140' high voltage tower and needed Alpha Platforms next day. They were so helpful and expedient walking me through the entire process so I was comfortable with the deal. They showed up to my site next day and cut about 2 days off of the project due to the safety, speed and efficiency of their lift and operators. I'll never rent or hire another lift company. I would recommend Alpha platforms for all your high reach needs.

Liz Jones

Jon told me that it was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. City Sign Service, Inc. will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects.

Justin N.

That is a fine piece of equipment! And the competent, professional group that goes along with it is just the cherry on top. I really appreciate everything. I'm sure we'll be able to use Alpha again in the future as we get these opportunities. In fact, it will only help our business knowing we have a safe, reliable solution to these over 50‘ height challenges.

Byron Nivelo

We had an exceptional experience with Alpha! They are professionals, great operator team. Overall reliable, recommended will certainly return for my future needs hands down.

Nick Muhlon

My company used alpha lifts to clean a 14 floor building and they were great. Very accommodating, always on time, and will work with you to get the job done safe and sound. The lifts they provide are state of the art and can pretty much reach any low rise building under 250 feet. I’d recommend them to anyone doing window cleaning or facade cleaning, or anything king of height access work!

Mike P.
Building restoration services family business owner

We wanted to give it a try and see what this boom truck could do. We loved the idea of a wide basket that could reach up to 30 feet and get to the brick wall over the roof. The main reason we loved the truck was how it maneuvered the boom to lower the bricks inside a dumpster, which was located behind the truck. It saved us at least one extra day of work. It all went great.

Jason A.
Director of operations, family-owned regional electrical services provider

Alpha has the most efficient and leanest site setup time I’ve ever seen. My brother, who is the top climber of our group, first struggled to understand how this cage could go around the tower better than the crane - and when it did the whole 360°, he became a believer. Also, each laborer said how incredibly safe they felt - very different from the small crane basket. We were able to secure and push back the panels in place without the basket ever moving.

Joseph A.
Head stone mason, national cathedral

The project was performed successfully, and we were really glad to have contactless means of reaching the building, as we all know that pipe scaffold might damage the structure, in this case, very very sensitive.

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