Eliminating injuries and fatalities in tower work is the aim of a new partnership of OSHA, NATE and the FCC.
“The goal of the three-year partnership is to eliminate worker injuries and fatalities while performing wireless and telecommunications, tower erection and maintenance operations,” they said in an announcement.
“The partnership will address some of the industry’s frequently encountered hazards, including falls from height, electric, falling objects, tower collapses, and inclement weather.”
The agreement was signed in an online ceremony involving officials of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and the Federal Communications Commission.
They included Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Loren Sweatt, NATE Chairman Jimmy Miller and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Sweatt said demand for wireless communications and broadcast services has increased the need for construction, service and maintenance of towers around the country.
The effort is being done under OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program.