OSHA Tightens the Rules


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OSHA released a Directive providing general enforcement guidance and procedures for anyone working on a communications tower. “This directive ensures that communication tower workers are protected regardless of the type of the work they are doing on communication towers. Employers and cell tower owners and operators must make sure workers are properly trained and protected,” said Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. “This directive replaces CPL 02-01-36, dated March 26, 2002. The previous directive provided compliance guidance for hoisting personnel to or from their workstations during new tower erection only. This directive covers all hoisting of personnel to or from workstations on communication towers,” the Directive explains. The purpose behind this new directive is to provide guidance to field enforcement personnel to ensure uniform enforcement of OSHA standards and policies. To view the entire document, click here.

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