OSHA Asks Public Input to Improve Worker Safety in Communications Tower Industry

If you would like to weigh in on how to make working conditions safer  for workers who build and maintain communications towers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to hear from you.

“Public input will assist the agency in determining what measures are needed to prevent worker injuries and fatalities,” the agency’s announcement said.

Workers in this industry face a gamut of risks, including falling from great heights, structural collapses, electrical hazards, and hazards associated with inclement weather, OSHA said.

All because of the nation’s demand for wireless and broadcast communication.

OSHA recorded 13 communication tower worker deaths in 2013 — the deadliest year for these workers since 2006. In 2014, 12 workers were killed which was double the number of deaths in 2011 and six times the total number in 2012.

The comment period ends on June 15.

Here’s the request for information filed by OSHA.

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