Communications Tower Standard Is an Industry Game Changer
The communications tower industry has seen explosive growth due to consumers' expectations for high-quality wireless connections wherever they are. To keep up with this demand, more workers are involved in building and maintaining the structures than ever before. These tasks can find a person working alone 2,000 ft in the air, sometimes in poor weather conditions, while encountering exposures to hazards such as electricity, falling objects and potential structural collapse.
To help the industry's employers best protect workers, ASSE developed ANSI/ASSE A10.48-2016, Criteria for Safety Practices With the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures. The Society recently spoke with Todd Schlekeway, executive director of National Association of Tower Erectors, who calls the standard a game changer for the industry. "Carriers, broadcasters, vertical real estate companies, general contracting firms, insurance companies, tower contractors and consultants will all benefit from this new standard," he says. Read the full interview on the EHS Works blog.
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