From Sand to Safety Solutions

By Eleanor Snite

Before he became owner and president of Pacific Safety Solutions, Corey Messer, says he was a surf bum with a college degree in occupational health and safety. Since he knew surfing wouldn’t support him, he answered a help-wanted ad in a newspaper for an organization in the tower industry and spent five years working for several tower service organizations. Started in 2005 in a garage with Messer’s surf boards, today PSS has six employees, customers nationwide and a headquarters with more than 6,000 sq.ft. in San Diego. He credits some of that success to what he describes as controlled organic growth – waiting to grow until the demand for service exceeded their capacity.

The company’s focus is tower climber training courses, customized safety programs, hazard control programs, site assessment, and many other specialized programs. Messer said PSS is like a three-legged stool with training the primary leg, and safety plan development and site assessments the other two legs. PSS offers courses tailored to tower climbers including tower climber and rescue, tower climber and rescue Train-the-Trainer, OSHA 10 & 30, RF, and qualified rigger/capstan operator. OSHA requires companies to have a safety program in place, and PSS provides custom safety programs for the client. They also can continue with a client to assess if they are on track and meeting the requirements of the plan.

“I am driven, I see a huge need for safety,” Messer said. “We create an awareness of the hazards, risky neighborhoods, radio frequency hazards, tower climbing, rigging hazards. It’s a huge challenge.” For large classes, PSS sends employees to the client’s location. But the San Diego facility has multiple climbing structures like towers and monopoles for training. Currently, PSS’s clients are primarily general contractors within the wireless industry but Messer said they are branching out to government entities to diversify their revenue. “It’s been a fun ride so far,” Messer said. “It’s been fun, it’s been stressful, it’s been exciting.”