Partnership Annual Evaluations
Prior to the late 1980s, the tower communication erection, maintenance, and service industry was considered a specialized part of the construction industry. However, over the past 20 years advances in telecommunication and the public's increasing demand for wireless communication and broadcast services have raised the profile of this sector of the construction industry. As a result, the need for tower workers to complete jobs more quickly and efficiently than ever before has grown dramatically. Currently, over 75,000 communication towers are erected, serviced, and/or maintained in the United States (U.S.) each year. Tower workers spend most of the year on the road traveling across the country to perform work and typically climb between 100 to 2,000 feet on towers in all seasonal weather conditions. Compared to other industries, the tower industry is relatively small and consists of fewer than 10,000 workers at any time; therefore, the death of one tower worker results in an industry fatality rate that is much greater than the average rate for construction occupations in the United States.
NATE represents over 75 percent of the tower industry. The OSP between NATE and OSHA impacted the safety and health of tower workers by promoting safety and health management systems and best practices in the tower industry. The OSP ensured that all approved participants promoted safe work practices for their workers, contractors, and subcontractors by developing, implementing, and/or improving effective safety and health management systems; requiring 100 percent fall protection at six feet; requiring all OSP participants to participate in requisite levels of training; and utilizing the assistance, support, and guidance provided by the OSP partners.
During the final year of the OSP (2009):
Over the course of the OSP (between 2006 and 2009):
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