12:18 18 Feb 2014
OSHA focuses on protecting cell tower employees after increase in worksite fatalities
Source: DOL News Releases
OSHA is concerned about the alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities at communication tower worksites. In 2013, thirteen fatalities occurred in this industry, more than in the previous two years combined. This disturbing trend appears to be continuing, with the four worker deaths occurring in the first five weeks of 2014. In an effort to prevent these tragic incidents, OSHA is increasing its focus on tower safety.
Of the 13 communication tower-related fatalities that occurred in 2013, the majority were a result of falls. OSHA requires employers to provide adequate fall protection equipment, train employees how to use the safety.
OSHA has created a new Web page targeting the issues surrounding communication tower work, which is available athttps://www.osha.gov/doc/topics/communicationtower/index.html.
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