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Tower Workers at Higher Risk of Injury

Steve Wagner

The Department of Labor, the Federal Communications Commission, and several prominent leaders in the communications industry joined forces recently to promote safety for the men and women who work diligently to construct and repair cell phone towers across our country.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said, “The cellphones in our pockets can’t come at the cost of a worker’s life,” and we completely agree. We are thrilled to see major leaders in the communications industry stepping up to increase safety measures for these workers, with such a high injury and death rate in this rapidly growing industry.

In this effort, OSHA hosted a workshop for all of these communications giants, complete with panels, informational sessions, and focus times to explore solutions for many of the major problems facing this industry today. Current statistics show that tower workers are ten times more likely to be injured or killed than even those in the construction industry, which has an extremely high injury and death rate itself.

As a follow-up to this workshop, new policy was signed for the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program that will provide higher quality training programs, as well as more thorough safety skills for those working on the towers.

If you or a loved one have been injured while working in the telecommunications industry, the law offices of Wagner Reese may be able to assist you with the recovery of compensation you are owed. Call our offices today to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney, and get you and your family on the road to recovery.

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