Following a significant increase in worker deaths in the communication tower industry—13 recorded fatalities in 2013 and four so far this year—OSHA is increasing its focus on tower safety, the agency announced on Feb. 11. According to a press release, OSHA is collaborating with the National Association of Tower Erectors and other industry stakeholders to ensure that communication tower employers understand their role in keeping tower workers safe. Last week OSHA sent a letter to these employers, urging compliance and adherence to safety standards.
The agency has also launched a new Safety and Health Topic Web page focused on communication tower work. The Web page collects information on compliance assistance for communication tower employers, relevant standards, and other resources from OSHA and NIOSH.
For more information, visit OSHA's website.