Promoting Communications Tower Safety
The communications tower industry has seen explosive growth due to consumers' expectations for high-quality wireless connections wherever they are. More means more workers than ever are involved in building and maintaining these structures--and being potentially exposed to the hazards those tasks entail.
Through ANSI/ASSE A10.48-2016, Criteria for Safety Practices With the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures, ASSE and organizations such as National Association of Tower Erectors are working to help the industry's employers best protect workers.
NATE's latest Climber Connection video offers a brief overview of the A10.48 standard and shares insight on gin poles and rigging class guidelines, which A10.48 covers in depth. “Embracing and implementing the A10.48 standard into daily tower activities will enhance the culture of safety in the industry,” says Josh Forrester of Vertical Limit Construction LLC in Wanamingo, MN. Be sure to read ASSE's interview with NATE’s Todd Schlekeway on the EHS Works blog.