Friday, June 30, 2017

FCC and OHSA Publish "Best Practices" Guide for Communication Towers

Stating that "every tower climber death is preventable," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced in early June that his agency and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) have jointly published the Communications Tower Best Practices Guide, the outgrowth of two joint tower safety workshops held in 2014 and 2016. According to the ARRL Letter, the free guide is aimed primarily at people working on commercial towers, but also "offers information applicable to the amateur radio community and contractors working on amateur radio support structures." The 28-page guide may be downloaded in PDF format from the OSHA website at <>.