The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Workspace Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a new campaign to promote awareness of the dangers that cell phone tower workers face on a daily basis. OSHA is collaborating with the National Association of Tower Erectors to inform the telecommunications community of their responsibility to protect their workers from fatal falls. There were 13 fatal accidents among tower erectors in 2013. Sadly, this figure is more than the 2012 and 2011 fatalities combined. Only a month and a half into 2014, five tower erectors have died.
"Tower worker deaths cannot be the price we pay for increased wireless communication," said the assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health. "Employers and cell tower owners and operators must do everything possible to stop these senseless, preventable tragedies." OSHA sent a public letter to the telecommunications tower employers, demanding that they observe federal safety guidelines when sending workers up to do dangerous work.
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If you work on a telecommunications tower and have noticed that your employer does not adhere to necessary safety guidelines, do not be afraid to reach out to our Columbus workers’ compensation attorneys. It is illegal for your employer to terminate you on the basis of your concern for your own safety, because you are protected under the whistleblower provisions of the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act. The Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC legal team has over 80 years of combined experience defending the rights of whistleblowers and injured workers, so rest assured that we will bring justice to your negligent employer. For more information, contact us today at (614) 221-7548.
[Did You Know: According to OSHA, every workplace fall death is preventable.]
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