Shown: Jay Guilford, top, fell to his death in 2008 while installing cell phone antennas on a tower in Indiana.
Courtesy of Bridget Pierce Guilford

Cell Tower Deaths

May 22, 2012 / 30m

Season 2012: Episode 7

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The smartphone revolution comes with a hidden cost. A joint investigation by FRONTLINE and ProPublica explores the hazardous work of independent contractors who are building and servicing America’s expanding cellular infrastructure. While some tower climbers say they are under pressure to cut corners, layers of subcontracting make it difficult for safety inspectors to determine fault when a tower worker is killed or injured.

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