When utility and construction workers must ascend to great heights during their jobs, they rely on safety equipment to prevent falling.

These occupations can carry a great deal of risk, which can be mitigated through the proper use of safety procedures. Safety harnesses are an essential piece of gear or any worker who climbs as part of their work.

To help ensure harnesses are used in the safest manner possible, identification tags and nameplates are included to inform the user on the correct usage procedure. This often includes limits for weight, date of last inspection, or other relevant information.

Used in conjunction with wire ropes, carabiners, and safety hooks, a harness can provide a perfectly safe and secure climbing environment.

Tower Climbing Safety/Regulations

Workers who are tasked with ascending cell phone and utility towers face serious risks if they do not follow correct procedures. A fall from those heights can easily be fatal.

As such, many safety precautions and regulations are in place to prevent any potential injury.

Climbers must adhere to strict safety guidelines. This includes labeling equipment with proper

Identification Guidelines

A key component to safety is knowledge. Knowing exactly what your equipment’s tolerances and capabilities are can make the difference between a proper use and a potential risk.

Identification tags are one of the main elements of climbing safety. They ensure the worker operating the climbing equipment knows their gear is rated to withstand the forces necessary. Capacity nameplates ensure they do not over exert their limits.

The Safety Equipment Manufacturing Committee (SEMC) set forth their own industry-wide standards for identification tags.

These safety nameplates must be legible and must include information such as:

  • Cable type and size
  • Minimum anchorage requirements and weight tolerances
  • Total number of users permitted
  • Manufacturer info and instructions
  • Manufacture and install dates
  • Serial or other tracking number

This information is absolutely critical to keep workers as safe as possible.


Longevity is a major consideration when it comes to safety gear. The structures and safety equipment are exposed to the elements constantly.

Identification must be able to remain legible regardless of these conditions. For example, a screen printed tag is not ideal because the ink would quickly fade and wear. Whereas a photo anodized tag will not face these same difficulties.

Both the process and material you select will also play a big role in the type of longevity you will receive

Marking Processes

Photo Anodization

With the durability focus of tower tags, photo anodization is often the go-to process.

Its blend of durability and customization makes it an excellent option for this application. The process embeds a custom design beneath layers of aluminum.

Unlike some other marking methods, photo anodization allows for any design or information to be added. This can include any additional designs (company logos, QR codes, etc.).

The 20+ year outdoor durability this process offers provides a long-lasting and effective solution.


The embossing process uses a die set to permanently raise a design upwards in the metal material.

This process is limited to simpler designs. Including large amounts of safety information is not really feasible.

Embossing works best when only used for basic designs such as text or sequential numbers.

Often used for numbering inventory and machines, these tags can be used to track and maintain climbing equipment.


As mentioned, durability is key. A successful identification solution not only includes a resilient process, but a durable material to match it.

Some of the most commonly used materials for harness nameplates include:

  • Anodized Aluminum
  • Stainless Steel
  • Brass
  • And More

With the photo anodization process being a great fit for this application, anodized aluminum is a very popular metal substrate used for harness tags.


Custom identification tags provide the necessary information to keep workers knowledgeable about their equipment and aid in accident prevention.

By following proper protocol and procedures, workers can be as safe as possible when climbing using safety harnesses.