OSHA’s Communication Tower Best Practices Guide

Washington – OSHA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have published a best practices guide intended to reduce injuries among communication tower workers.

The guide is a compilation of advisory information gathered from dual OSHA-FCC workshops on communication tower worker safety in October 2014 and February 2016.

The document states, “These best practices are focused on the ways in which each level in the contracting chain can build a positive culture of safety and accountability. This cultural change is a critical first step in creating a safer environment for all employees in the industry.”

Topics covered in the publication include:

  • Training;
  • Worksite safety practices; auditing and incident investigations; and
  • Recordkeeping and communication.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dorothy Dougherty, and FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, said in a joint statement, “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.”

Every day, 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.

The brochure adds that “every tower climber death is preventable.”