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Released: August 4, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

U.S. Department of Labor

445 12th St., S.W.

200 Constitution Ave., N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20554

Washington, D.C. 20210

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

News Media Information 202 / 693-2020

Internet: http://www.dol.gov

TTY: 1-877-889-5627

DA 14-1131

August 4, 2014

FCC AND DOL ANNOUNCE WORKSHOP ON

TOWER CLIMBER SAFETY AND INJURY PREVENTION

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the

Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration announce the date

and location of a workshop to explore issues surrounding tower climber safety, injury

prevention, and fatalities involving work on communications towers. In 2013, there were

thirteen communications tower-related fatalities — more than the previous two years combined.1

The fatality rate for tower climbing work is more than ten times greater than that of the

construction industry.2 In 2014, nine fatalities involving tower work have occurred to date.3

The joint workshop will include panel discussions focusing on:

Factors contributing to the high rate of tower climber injuries and fatalities; and

Best practices that ensure tower climber safety and prevent injuries and fatalities.

FCC Chairman Thomas E. Wheeler is scheduled to make remarks.

Date:

October 14, 2014

Time:

9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:

FCC Headquarters

Commission Meeting Room

445 12th Street, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20554

1 No more falling workers, U.S. Dep’t of Labor (Feb. 11, 2014),

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25593.

2 See Ryan Knutson, Methodology: How We Calculated the Tower Industry Death Rate, ProPublica (May 21, 2012),

http://www.propublica.org/article/cell-tower-work-fatalities-methodology (analysis based on 2003-2010 data).

3US Tower Structure Related Fatalities, WirelessEstimator.com (last accessed August 4, 2014),

http://www.wirelessestimator.com/generaldoc.cfm?ContentID=9. As of August 4, 2014, WirelessEstimator.com

reported eight fatalities in 2014; however, WirelessEstimator.com only tracks fatalities of tower workers and does

not include the death of a firefighter responding to an incident near Clarksburg, West Virginia on February 1, 2014.

See OSHA Investigating Fatal Cell Tower Collapse in Harrison County, WBOY.com (Feb. 4, 2014),

http://www.wboy.com/story/24608973/two-dead-three.

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A subsequent Public Notice will provide further details about the participants and specific

issues to be discussed during this workshop.

The FCC and the DOL will attempt to accommodate as many attendees as possible;

however, admittance will be limited to seating availability. Audio and/or video coverage of the

meeting will be provided over the Internet from the FCC’s Web page at http://www.fcc.gov/live.

Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people

with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for such accommodations should be

submitted via e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or by calling the FCC’s Consumer & Governmental

Affairs Bureau at (202) 418–0530 (voice), (202) 418–0432 (tty). Such requests should include a

detailed description of the accommodation needed. In addition, please include a way that the

requesting party can be contacted if additional information is needed. Please allow at least five

days’ advance notice; last-minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill.

For additional information about this workshop, please contact Michael Janson, Wireless

Telecommunications Bureau, (202) 418-0600, Michael.Janson@fcc.gov, and Jim Maddux,

Directorate of Construction, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (202) 693-2020,

Maddux.Jim@osha.gov.

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