ANSI approves first safety standard for communication tower work

New standard effective January 2017

Posted August 12, 2016

On August 3, 2016, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved a new standard aimed at protecting workers who install, alter, or maintain communication towers.

The A10.48, Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification, and Maintenance of Communications Structures is the first voluntary national consensus standard strictly dedicated to protecting workers in the communications tower industry.

The new standard which goes into effect January 2017, 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 communication related equipment.

According to the DOL, 13 communication tower workers were killed in 2013 and another 11 were killed 2014, leading to efforts by OSHA to focus inspection resources on the industry and to work with the communications tower industry to address the risks. Most of the fatalities were the results of falls from heights.

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