Communications Tower Standard Approved
ANSI has approved A10.48, Criteria for Safety Practices With the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures. It is the first voluntary national consensus standard strictly dedicated to protecting workers in the communications tower industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 13 communication tower workers were killed in 2013 and another 11 were killed in 2014, leading OSHA to focus inspection resources on the industry and to work with the communications tower industry to address the risks.
A10.48 establishes minimum criteria for safe work practices and training for personnel performing work on communication structures including antenna and antenna supporting structures, broadcast and other similar structures supporting communications-related equipment. “A10.48 brought together some of the best minds in the industry to tackle a serious problem for the telecommunications industry. We broke down each activity related to working on a communications tower and provided safety measures that we hope will reduce injuries and fatalities,” says A10 Committee Chair Richard King.
The new standard takes effect in January 2017. Go to ASSE's standards web page for more information.
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