Telecommunications / Communication Towers
Examples of safety hazards that can harm workers in this industry include:
- Falls from heights
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Microwave and RF radiation (non-ionizing radiation)
- Harsh weather (e.g., heat, cold, wind)
Videos, Training, and Prevention
- Telecommunications (Chapter 296-32, WAC).
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- Telecommunications “Little Red Book” (WAC 296-32)
- Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution “Green Book” (WAC 296-45 )
- Communication Towers (DOSH Directive 18.60).
- Electrical and Telecommunication Hazards (DOSH Directive 18.55).
- Inspection Procedures for Accessing Communication Towers (OSHA Directive CPL 02-01-056).
- 60 seconds for safety & health – Fall from a cell tower
- Safe Transmission - RF Awareness for the Construction Industry (YouTube).
- Understanding and Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses video
- Eye Protection Online Employee Training Course
- Hand Protection Online Employee Training Course.
- Working in Cold Environments
Publications, Handouts, Checklists
- Cell tower maintenance worker falls 93 feet to his death
- Cellular Tower Crew Foreman Killed in Fall from Antenna Mast
- Communication Tower Operations: A Guide to Workplace Safety and Health (F417-281-000)
- Electrical hazards in the Telecommunication Industry (Hazard Alert) October, 2021
- Fatal Facts: Fall from a Telecommunications Tower
- Cell Tower Site Checklist (fillable form)
- Cell Tower Wireless Estimator JHA for No Elevated Work above 6 ft (fillable form)
- Cell Tower Wireless Estimator JHA for Yes Elevated Work (fillable form)
- Little Red Book - Safety Standards - WAC 296-32 Telecommunication - Pocket Version (F414-159-000)
- RF Safety FAQ
- The “Green Book” - Safety Standards - WAC 296-45 Telecommunication - Pocket Version (F414-158-000)
- Fall Protection Work Plan (F417-272-000)