Search
Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC
Call: 630-232-7450

Cell towers have become a source of serious work accidents

You probably enjoy the convenience of your cell phone, as many people do nowadays. It took a little more than a decade, but the smartphone market has saturated the country -- and, in many respects, the world -- with glowing devices that let us connect with people all across the globe and play all sorts of games. However, have you ever stopped and thought about what it takes behind the scenes to make your cell phones run so efficiently?

Obviously the technology inside the phones and the manufacturing process are crucial in this regard. But we're talking about the actual cell towers that give your phone the reception and lightning-quick internet connectivity it needs to function properly. These towers didn't just pop up overnight. It took many years for these towers to be constructed, and it takes routine maintenance and work to ensure the towers are functioning properly.

As a result, there are many cell tower contractors that send people up these towers to upgrade them. For example, LTE technology is a major trend with cell phones right now. To provide that tech to customers, these towers need to be upgraded to so that they can handle LTE. Workers are put in precarious positions on these towers -- and it's no surprise that accidents happen.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 13 people died working on cell towers in 2013, which is more than 2011 and 2012 combined. Falls, equipment failure and structural collapses were among the reasons for these deaths. OSHA is now making a safety push for cell tower workers, saying that cell carriers and cell tower contractors need to do a better job protecting their tower employees.

Source: Wall Street Journal, "OSHA Warns Companies After Rise in Cell Tower Deaths," Ryan Knutson and Melanie Trottman, Feb. 11, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Ask Us a Question or Request a Free Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Visit Our Conveniently Located Offices

Chicago:

55 West Wacker 9th Floor Chicago, IL 60601
Chicago Office Map & Driving Directions

55 West Wacker 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Chicago Law Office Map

Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC
10 West State Street Suite 200
Geneva, IL 60134

Geneva Law Office Map

Washington Office
1211 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 420
Washington, D.C. 20036

Map & Directions