DOL-OSHA and FCC release Communications tower best practices

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Communications Commission are concerned about the risks faced by employees in the communication tower industry. Employees climb communication towers to perform construction and maintenance activities and face numerous hazards, including fall hazards, hazards associated with structural collapses and improper rigging and hoisting practices, and “struck-by” hazards.

You can read the safety document here.

 

Broadband Applications & Construction Manual

If you are like me and enjoy technical manuals here is a good one from Commscope for you installers out there. It is a good overall manual, with some Commscope specific products thrown in.

From the manual
The Drop Cable Applications and Construction Guide is written for the cable installation professional who, due to the diverse services offered by CATV and telecommunication service providers, needs a quick and handy reference to practical installation information, especially in the case of retrofitting.
We’ve tried to simplify the decision-making process as to which cables to choose for what installation, taking into account factors such as performance over distance, preventing RF interference and fire/safety codes.

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Osha Tightens Tower Rules

http://insidetowers.com/osha-tightens-rules/

https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02-01-056.pdf

Executive Summary
This instruction provides general enforcement guidance and procedures for use by compliance  officers during inspections involving hazards associated with using a hoist to take employees to  or from workstations on communication towers. This directive applies to all work activities on communication towers that involve the use of a personnel hoist.

Significant Changes
This directive replaces CPL 02-01-36, dated March 26, 2002. The previous directive provided  compliance guidance for hoisting personnel to or from their workstations during new tower erection only. This directive covers all hoisting of personnel to or from workstations on communication towers