Maintaining cell phone towers is the deadliest job in the country, according to the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration. There were five tower climbing fatalities during a 12-day span this Spring and seven deaths overall this year. During the National Association of Tower Erectors conference earlier this year, Edwin Foulke Jr., head of OSHA, said that the majority of fatalities are the result of climbers not being tied off to a safe anchorage point at all times or relying upon faulty personal protection equipment.
OSHA is investigating recent tower deaths and has partnered with the NATE to develop training programs to improve workplace safety and increase awareness among wireless providers, tower companies and general contractors about occupational dangers.
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