Making worker safety a priority on Pennsylvania job sites

Workers who aren't properly trained to climb cellphone towers could put themselves at serious risk of injury or death. Between 2011 and 2015, there were 36 fatalities around the country involving workers and these types towers according to OSHA. One of the biggest safety issues cited was the fact that many workers are employed by subcontractors, and there is no guarantee that they have received proper traning.

While language could be added to contracts to certify that a climber has been properly trained, it may not help much. Many different subcontractors may work at a single job site, and a tight work schedule could make it tempting for an employer to continue to take shortcuts when it comes to safety. This means that unqualified workers could still be hired to climb even if they aren't qualified to handle the task.

The ability of climbers to do their job is not the only issue that needs to be resolved. The design of the tower or the policies of the employer could make the job more dangerous than it needs to be. Some employers believe in free climbing, which may be done without proper fall safety equipment. In many cases there is disagreement over who is responsible for worker safety issues. While some believe that the responsibility rests solely with the contractor, others say that all parties are responsible for the safety of all involved.

People who are injured on the job may be covered by their employer's workers' compensation insurance. Benefits might include medical care as well as a percentage of any wages lost during the recovery period. An attorney can often explain the procedure for preparing and filing a claim.

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