Communication Tower Safety

Related keywords: Towers, communication; Radio towers; Cell Tower Safety

A Worker in a blue helmet attached with fall protection to a frozen communication tower in blue skies high above a mountain range.

Fall protection when used correctly, can save your life!

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Washington State DNR.

Falls, chemicals, non-ionizing radiation, and electrical exposures are hazards that workers face when doing construction, maintenance and repair on communication towers. Injuries from these types of hazards can be serious or fatal.

Employers can take steps to prevent workers from being exposed to these types of hazards by doing the following:

  • Conduct a pre-climb and inspection done by a competent person onsite. The competent person will need to ensure that all attachment points are safe and secured.
  • Utilize other alternatives of safe access to work areas such as aerial lifts or elevated work platforms.
  • Provide workers with training on fall protection plan policies and other safe work practices.

Employers must address these hazards by ensuring an effective Accident Prevention Program, and proper selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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