FCC, Labor Team to Save Tower Workers' Lives

Effort to Stem Increase in Fatalities Over Past Two Years

The FCC and the Department of Labor said Tuesday they have created a working group to prevent tower-related fatalities. That was one of the takeaways from a joint event on tower safety.

The group will "collaborate in the development and implementation of recommended safety practices for the growing telecommunications industry" according to the Department of Labor, after eight tower workers died in 2011 and 2012 combined, 13 workers died in 2013 and already 11 so far in 2014.

The focus is on cell phone towers, but with the incentive auction repacking and potential channel sharing, TV tall tower safety is a concern as well.

A representative from OSHA outlined steps taken to curb tower-related injuries and fatalities, including an emphasis on worker training.

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