Communications towers provide access for many of the conveniences we take for granted like cell service and radio station signals, but these towers present unique safety challenges for those who use and maintain them. In fact, according to OSHA data, between 2013-2016, thirty-four communications tower-related fatalities occurred.
- Education of tower workers on how to report unsafe conditions they may encounter to the appropriate management level.
- All workers using appropriate safety equipment at all times.
- Commitment to 100% tie-off from workers to management. Upper management and job site supervisors must monitor and enforce compliance in this area at all times.
- Not allowing workers to service or construct towers when weather conditions are not stable.
- Ensuring all workers servicing towers are medically or mentally fit to work at heights. Even over-the-counter medications for a cold can cause drowsiness or lack of focus.