FCC and DOL to Conduct Tower Safety Workshop
Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Labor’s Occupational
Safety and Health Administration have announced the date and location of a
workshop to explore issues surrounding tower climber safety, injury prevention,
and fatalities involving work on communications towers. In 2013, there were 13
communications tower-related fatalities —more than the previous two years
fatality rate for tower climbing work is more than 10 times greater than that
of the construction industry. In2014, nine fatalities
involving tower work have occurred to date.
joint workshop will include panel discussions focusing on factors contributing to
the high injury and death rate, and best practices for ensuring tower climber safety
and preventin injuries and fatalities.
Chairman Tom Wheeler is scheduled to make remarks.
The workshop will be held Oct. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET at FCC headquarters,
12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C.