The FCC and OSHA just released a new Tower Climber Safety guide. Access the guide here.
In a joint statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Assistant Deputy Secretary for Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dorothy Dougherty said: “As more Americans use mobile devices to call, text and stream content, the safety of workers who maintain and construct communications towers is more critical than ever. Everyday, communications tower workers face potential hazards that can be deadly if not performed safely, and dozens of fatalities have occurred over the past few years. Every tower climber death is preventable.”
The guide is a result of the long-standing commitment of both agencies to ensure the safety of tower workers. They’ve hosted workshops with input from industry stakeholders to identify and establish accepted practices for performing communication towers work safely.