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Cell Phone Tower Fall Protection: Rising Worker Fatalities Prompts Heightened OSHA Scrutiny

The recent boom in cellular phone infrastructure upgrades may be good news for consumers, but increased speed and better reception have come at an extremely high price.  According to recent OSHA statistics, communication tower industry workers are dying in record numbers.  In 2013, more communication towers were killed than in 2011 and 2012 combined and we have already seen 4 deaths since the beginning of 2014.  These statistics point to a sobering reality:  communications tower employees have a risk of fatal injury that is 25-30 times higher than the risk for an average American worker.  Sadly, many of the tragic deaths in this industry are avoidable.

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Did You Know?

Anytime that work is being performed on a roof that has a pitch of 4:12 or higher, fall protection must be used at all times?