The U.S. Department of Labor and the FCC are partnering with telecommunications industry leaders like AT&T to reduce fatalities in the cell tower aspect of telecommunications work. Eleven workers have already died this year maintaining cell towers under unsafe conditions. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said in a statement, “The cellphones in our pockets can’t come at the cost of a worker’s life. The cell tower industry might be small, with 10,000 to 15,000 workers, but it’s quickly proving to be one of the most dangerous. If we don’t do something now, the number of fatalities is going to grow as fast as the industry does.” The DOL, FCC and AT&T put on a joint event yesterday with several workshops addressing the causes of cell tower fatalities and potential solutions from both a structural and safety standpoint.
Read the full release from OSHA here.