OSHA asks for communication tower worker safety comments

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting input on hazards for communication tower workers. Wireless carriers, engineering firms, construction companies, tower owners, workers, and others are invited to inform OSHA about injury and fatality causes, and best practices used in the industry to help avoid dangers.

An increasing demand for broadcast and wireless communications has increased the need for towers, their structural modifications, and construction. According to OSHA, tower workers can face falls from 100 to 2,000 feet, electrical hazards, structure collapses, and harsh weather when erecting and maintaining communication towers. And with the growing need, comes an increase in fatalities.

"We understand the importance of this industry, but workers' lives should not be sacrificed for a better cell phone signal. OSHA is inviting the public to tell us what we can do to better protect these workers," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary for occupational safety and health.

Develop and increase fall protection safety at your worksites through training and providing the right fall protection equipment, including standard and self-retracting lanyards, and full body harnesses.

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