OSHA Works Toward Safety for Cell Tower Employees

The agency collaborates with the National Association of Tower Erectors on a safety initiative

In an effort to prevent workers from falling, OSHA has collaborated with the National Association of Tower Erectors and other key stakeholders in the industry to ensure that communication tower employers understand the risk of their employees performing hazardous work as well as their responsibility to protect the workers. Four worker deaths have occurred in the first five weeks of 2014 alone and the increase has raised concern for OSHA and the industry.

The collaboration comes in the wake of a worker who fell to his death from a cell tower in Texas on Jan. 31, as well as two cell towers that collapsed on Feb. 1 in West Virginia, which led to the death of two workers and one firefighter. In addition, 13 communication tower-related fatalities occurred in 2013, and the majority of the deaths were from falls, according to OSHA. Workers also died from falling objects, structural collapses and equipment failures.

In a press release released by OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, the asst. secretary of labor for occupational health and safety said, "Tower worker deaths cannot be the price we pay for increased wireless communication. Employers and cell tower owners and operators must do everything possible to stop these senseless, preventable tragedies."

So far, OSHA has issued a letter to communication tower employees emphasizing compliance and adherence to safety standards and has released a new website regarding the issues of tower work. 

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. IndustrySafe is here to help. We put together a resource that’s easy to digest so you can get answers to your training questions and ensure you're complying with OSHA's standards.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus