The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) are launching a joint effort to raise awareness of new standards that are important for all workers and companies that install, alter or maintain communication towers.
A new standard aimed at protecting workers who install, alter or maintain communication towers offers the first comprehensive approach reducing injuries and saving lives in industry that has rapidly expanded in recent years, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
Safety in the communications tower industry will be the focus of "Tower Week," an international event running from Nov. 2 to Nov. 6, 2015. Organized by the Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers' Association (PASMA), Tower Week was established to promote the safe use of towers and bring focus to ideas, the exchange of information and the development of height safety in general.
OSHA is requesting information from the public about worker safety hazards in communication tower construction and maintenance activities. The agency says the information will assist it in determining what measures to take to prevent worker injuries and fatalities.
Ebola featured prominently in the EHS-related news featured on ISHN this week – including an article on how employers can prepare to safeguard their workers from the illness. In other news. OSHA opened the comment period on its PELs update and federal agencies joined forces with a top telephone carrier to reduce communications tower worker deaths.
Chad Weller was a communication tower technician. He worked to bring you the cell service you use every day to text your friends or navigate your route to work. He loved his job, and he took great pride in providing this service for you and me.
Following the collapse of a Clarksburg communication tower in February 2014 that seriously injured two and claimed the lives of two employees and a volunteer firefighter, S and S Communication Specialists Inc. has been cited for two serious workplace safety violations.
Communication towers are on the agency's regulatory agenda
July 29, 2014
OSHA has updated its Communications Tower directive regarding the use of hoist systems used to move workers to and from workstations on communication towers. This follows an alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities at communication tower work sites.