Episode 015

Industry Manpower Shortage

This episode’s theme is industry manpower shortage. With several massive telecom projects gearing up for national distribution keeping crews busy, new jobs are popping up every day. Solar and Wind are also seeing explosive growth. That – in combination with unemployment at a multi-decade low, baby boomers and Gen Xers retiring, and the rise of the millennial workforce – the telecom, solar, and wind industries are experiencing a manpower shortage.

About This Episode

In episode 15 of Gear Up with Gear Experts, we welcome Gear Expert® Mike Krohn back as our guest in the studio. Mike first joined us back on episode 2 and is the Regional Sales Manager for the Heart of America Region.

We talk with Mike about:

  1. The typical size of a tower, wind, and solar crew;
  2. The background of crew members and where they come from;
  3. Issues that employers are facing when bringing employees in; and
  4. The college vs. trade misconception.

Our weekly insight is a continuation of our discussion in episode 14 about rope.

This week we discuss rope termination options. Topics include:

  1. Knots;
  2. Termination Plates; and
  3. Sewn & Spliced Terminations.

You can find our full blog post about rope termination options by clicking here.


We’d also like to take this time to remind everyone that while this show is meant to be fun, entertaining, and informative it is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any fall protection equipment is used. And proper training should be received before operating any equipment or before climbing.

Why do YOU Climb?

We’d like to hear from you about why YOU climb. Email us a voice message at gearup@gearexperts.com about why you climb and what climbing means to you for a chance to be featured on the show – and win some swag of course.


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