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Feds Focus on Tower Climbing Deaths

Tower climbing fatalities 10 times that of construction

In 2013, 13 tower workers died — more than the previous two years combined; the number so far this year is nine, according to the FCC and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The fatality rate for tower climbing work is more than 10 times greater than that of the construction industry, according to the agencies.

The high rate of communications tower-related deaths has led the FCC and OSHA to partner on a workshop to explore issues surrounding tower climber safety, injury prevention, and fatalities involving tower work. The workshop is set for Oct. 14 at the FCC’s Washington headquarters, starting at 9 a.m.

Panel discussions will focus on factors contributing to the high rate of tower climbing injuries and deaths and prevention to ensure tower climbing safety.