The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have partnered to improve workplace safety. The partnership is designed to eliminate fatalities and reduce injuries and illnesses among workers in the communications tower erection industry.

The five-year renewal includes carriers, general contractors and engineering firms in the communications tower erection industry. The partnership will address hazards, such as falls from height, high energy electrical contact, falling objects, tower collapses and inclement weather that are frequently encountered during telecommunications, tower erection and maintenance operations.

The partners intend to develop best practices to address the root causes of injuries and fatalities during maintenance, repair and construction of wireless communication and broadcast systems under normal and emergency situations. The partners will also establish job-specific safety and health training for supervisors and foreperson, telecommunications tower technicians, project managers and project supervisors.