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Cell Tower Deaths

Anatomy of a Cell Tower Death

Understanding the contracting chain on cell tower jobs can be complicated, but crucial when workers die. William “Bubba” Cotton, 43, … Continue reading

Cell Tower Deaths

Safety Stand Down Called for on AT&T Projects

Following a worker’s non-fatal 100-foot fall from a Texas cell tower last week, one of AT&T’s construction management firms has … Continue reading

Cell Tower Deaths

Built for a Simpler Era, OSHA Struggles When Tower Climbers Die

Fifty men have died in accidents on cell sites since 2003, but federal workplace safety regulators have few tools and little will to impose consequences on the companies that count on their labor.

Cell Tower Deaths

Methodology: How We Calculated the Tower Industry Death Rate

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have a standard code for tower climbing and, thus, does not compile uniform data on tower workers’ fatality rates. We used OSHA’s methodology to calculate deaths per 100,000 workers for the tower industry for each year from 2003 to 2010.

Cell Tower Deaths

In Race For Better Cell Service, Men Who Climb Towers Pay With Their Lives

Corporate giants have outsourced the dangerous work of building and maintaining communications towers to tiny subcontracting companies. Over the last nine years, nearly 100 workers have died, 50 of them on cell sites.

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