Friday, February 12, 2016

FCC-DOL Tower Climber Workshop Drives Home Safety

WASHINGTON, DC — The upcoming repacking of TV stations and the subsequent auction of spectrum has the potential for creating an historic demand on the tower industry, particularly on tower climbers. And that’s cause for a stepped-up concern for safety.

The FCC and the Department of Labor have joined forces to reduce communications tower-related fatalities and injuries. Yesterday, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) hosting a workshop on tower climber safety and Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) at FCC’s Washington headquarters that featured a virtual Who’s Who in the tower industry.

By FCC estimates, as many as 90 industry movers-and-shakers took part in the workshop. Continue Reading

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