Telecommunication Tower Erections | TECH EHS

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Introduction

The dynamic nature of telecommunication tower projects necessitates constant vigilance and adaptability. It is crucial to foster a safety culture where every team member is proactive about identifying hazards and committed to following best practices. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that all workers return home safely, while maintaining the integrity and success of the tower erection operations.

If we target India and its tower erection plans, we can deduce the same from the following –

  • More than 500 million people use smartphones

And on a global scale,

  • The current population is 7.8 billion as of 2021. An interesting fact is that the number of smartphone subscriptions significantly exceeds the number of people on the planet.

And this comes off as the back of an extraordinary period of growth.

To sustain the usage, there is an ever-increasing need to expand the number of telecom towers, which aid in improving network coverage for all subscribers and coping with call dropouts.

With urban sprawl taking place, the widespread use of telecommunication towers has increased the demand for their construction. They hold transmitting devices for cellular phones, personal communication devices, and radio broadcast antennas.

Talk about statistics on the number of towers constructed—in the United States alone, 75,000 telecommunication towers have been erected, and 1,000 are erected each year.

But, with erection comes hazards, and with them, injuries and accidents.

So, if we go by the older stats, the NIOSH review identified 118 deaths associated with work on telecommunication towers (including falls, tower collapses, and electrocutions).

Mind you, electrocutions are for real and an excellent reason for deaths!

Here’s another case that reminds the purpose of safety serves everyone:

On December 8, a male tower erector stood working with a crew of 2 others on a 160-foot cellular phone tower.

The mobile tower erection was done, and the further process involved lowering the gin pole (a device used to hoist tower sections in place). After removing two choker poles, he tried to hoist the cable down.

While trying to hook to the cable and missing the larger opening, the lanyard slipped off and he fell 160 feet down on the ground.

Here, the contributing factors remain –

  • Hoist failure

  • Inadequate fall protection

  • Failure to attach a lanyard to the tower

  • Attachment of lanyard to incompatible tower components

Other factors in incidents of tower hazards are

  • Poor planning and improper equipment can derail the whole premise.

  • Electrical hazards

  • Employee fatigue

  • Inclement Weather

  • Drop hazards (falling objects)

  • Insects and animals

How Should Employers Respond To Safety In Telecom Tower?

  • Ensure that hoisting equipment used for lifting workers is critically designed and prevents uncontrolled descents. It is effectively rated for use.

  • Make sure that hoist operators get correctly trained.

  • See that workers opt for 100% fall protection as they work on towers above 25 feet.

  • Protection systems should stay compatible with the tower components, and then the tasks should be performed.

  • Give workers the OSH-specific PPE and its training for proper use.

  • Ensure that workers properly inspect their equipment daily and make sure that one can identify any damage or deficiencies.

  • Provide workers with adequate work-positioning device systems. The connectors on those systems should be compatible with the tower components in the areas where they are attached.

  • Supplement worker training regarding safe work practices with severe and thought-provoking discussions that help assure and conclude that workers fully appreciate the hazards involved in their tasks. They realize that there is a need for strict, safe work practices.

Installing safely on-board

While erecting telecommunication tower construction safety, no matter how long or complicated the safety procedures and considerations are, one can condense them to limited moments through vitality.

Training via a variety of visual aids lets the stakeholders fantasize about situations that are ticklish to depict through conventional training styles—e.g., a life-menacing condition wherein a tower incident needs to be recreated, an electrical conjuncture, etc.

To save the workers from serious injuries and casualties, the medium through which they undergo training must be capable of making it easy and comforting, especially like a movie.

Something that makes the intended communication seamless and doesn’t prompt significant cerebral strain.

Tower safety in tower construction means that towers are duly maintained, safely reachable, and provisioned with finagled harbourage points. Employees must be lessened and retrained in a timely manner, and they must be apprehensive of conditions that could affect their capability to climb safely, etc.

Vitality increases the reach and quality of safety training, making it ideal for providing last-nanosecond, just-by-time literacy support.

How can workers supplement their employer’s efforts?

Workers must use 100% fall protection and other proper equipment used in telecommunication towers when working on towers at heights above 25 feet. Workers must participate in all the training programs offered when training programs are conducted.

Employees often ignore the lessons they learn when safe work practices are emphasized during transmission tower erection procedures.

Worker training programs are there for a reason, and they inhibit the ability to respond to changing hazardous work scenarios. So, be there and follow the learnings.

OSHA-required PPE is a trust factor – employees should opt for it and make sure that they are aware of their usage.

And at last, proper inspections on their side are necessary at intervals because they are the ones who are using it, and any damage to the equipment can pose a severe threat to their lives.

Conclusion

Preventing injuries and falls during telecommunication tower erection requires a comprehensive approach that integrates meticulous planning, rigorous training, and adherence to safety protocols. By prioritizing safety through thorough risk assessments, equipping workers with proper PPE, utilizing advanced safety systems, and maintaining effective communication, the risk of accidents can be substantially reduced.

Have an eye over prevention and vouch for it!

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

The main risks include:

Falls from Heights:

Structural Failures

Electrical Hazards

Weather Conditions

Falling Objects

Essential PPE includes

Safety Harnesses:

Lanyards and Fall Arrest Systems

Helmets

Non-Slip Gloves and Footwear

High-Visibility Clothing

Key safety systems include:

Guardrails and Safety Nets

Fixed Ladders with Fall Arrest Systems

Anchor Points

Rescue and Evacuation Equipment

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