Ryan Knutson

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.
May 24, 2012
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.
May 22, 2012
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.
May 22, 2012