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OSHA focuses on Telecoms

OSHA focuses on Telecoms
At this week’s National Association of Tower Erectors annual event in Oklahoma City, Kurt Bagwell from SBA Communications Inc. spent considerable time talking about the importance of safety in the tower business and how safety can lead to profitability in the long run.

It’s easy to say that you will follow the rules, but not as easy to put into practice. In the end it all boils down to routine. Most people get involved in their routines and neglect safety at the workplace. However, constantly being alert and looking out for safer ways to do a job is easier said than done. To maintain this attitude can be extremely difficult, especially when you take into consideration the fact that tower builders are always under extreme pressure from the tower owners as well as the wireless carriers to get new towers up and running as fast as possible.

Building towers can be extremely dangerous, but some of the dangers can be prevented. In the past 8 years, there have been 83 tower deaths reported, but these numbers have slowly but steadily begun to decline off late. While safety in this industry continues to be a challenge, the current regulatory standards that have been set down by OSHA are sufficient to curb accidents if followed carefully.