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Safety best practices guide issued for communication tower work

Today’s smartphone era is fueled by the work of a wide range of different workers. This includes the workers who build and perform maintenance work on cell towers.

There are certain aspects of communication tower work that can present safety concerns, including the high heights it can be performed at. So, there is the potential for communication tower workers to suffer major falls or other significant workplace accidents.

There are a range of entities that can be involved in work being done at a tower. How these various parties act can have impacts on how likely workers at the site are to suffer serious injuries on the job.

When a communication tower worker is hurt at work, what parties contributed to the accident could have implications on what options the worker has regarding compensation. Injured communication tower workers can seek out assessments of what compensation options they have given the particulars of their workplace accident from skilled work injury lawyers.

Recently, the federal government released a resource aimed at helping the various entities that can be involved in communication tower work provide a safe working environment for tower workers. The resource is a safety best practices guide for such work. The two federal agencies behind this new guide are the Federal Communications Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The guide covers a range of topics, including:

  • Auditing.
  • Communication.
  • Incident investigations.
  • Training.
  • Recordkeeping.
  • Worksite safety practices.

One wonders if this guide will end up having any impacts on the behavior of the various entities involved in tower work and the overall safety levels at communication tower worksites. How common do you think the best practices outlined by the guide are at communication tower worksites?

Source: Safety+Health, “OSHA, FCC collaborate on guide for communication tower workers,“ June 6, 2017

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