Understanding the causes of accidents and injuries in the telecommunications industry is essential to preventing them. Below are some of the top hazards associated with communication tower workers along with key tips for prevention.
Top Communication Tower Hazards
Between the dangerous nature of the job, the location of the climb, and the conditions of the day, there are endless factors that may cause trouble for tower personnel. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration, many accidents and injuries in the communication tower industry are the result of hazards such as:
- Falling objects
- Electrical shortages and other electrical issues
- Inclement weather, such as rain, snow, hail, or sleet
- Slips and falls
Considering the range of obstacles and obstructions that could jeopardize tower personnel safety, it’s increasingly important for tower companies to prioritize planning and preparedness. Such proactive and reactive measures include:
- Forecasting weather conditions
- Establishing clear communication channels
- Vetting contract workers
- Conducting pre-climb site inspections
Worker Rights and Compensation
In the communication tower industry, a small oversight can have serious consequences. Therefore, many workers expect their employer to establish detailed safety protocols that include proper training and adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Any tower company that fails to do so puts tower climbers and other personnel at critical risk. Ultimately, protecting communication tower crews, preventing accidents, and properly addressing on-the-job incidents starts with the parent company.
Through risk management and workers compensation, tower construction firms can offer support to injured personnel and employees involved in accidents on the job. Such coverage will insure tower workers and help to provide financial support that may offset medical expenses and time away from work.
The Toll on Your Tower Company
It’s every tower construction firm’s responsibility to foster and promote a culture focused on safety. From evaluating contractors to sending climbers up the tower, every process and procedure requires attention to detail. To protect your company and crew in the event of an accident on the job, secure a specialized coverage package that includes workers compensation and general liability insurance.
At USA Telecom Insurance Services, we can help you do so by creating a policy specifically tailored to your company and the top hazards in your industry. Learn more by contacting a broker today.