Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Deadliest job in America: Working on cell phone towers!

As i search for something in yahoo. I came across to this article, Deadliest Job in America: Working on cell phone Tower; and it caught my attention. because how come that working on a cell phone tower could be that dangerous. So, i read it and i do believe that it is for being so careless the reason for it. But i could not figure out, why some people/workers could be that careless? They should be taking extra careful on working for such a kind of job. And for you to understand, Below the whole article about it.


Next time you can't get a cell phone signal in the middle of town, put your problem in perspective: New figures show that the deadliest job in America now goes to the men and women who construct, upgrade, and repair cell phone towers.

According to a story in this week's RCR Wireless News (no online link yet), building and climbing towers (which can be hundreds of feet tall) is more dangerous than ranching, fishing, logging, and even ironworking. The fatality rate is currently 183.6 deaths per 100,000 workers: Five tower workers died during one 12-day span earlier this year alone. 18 tower workers died on the job in 2006.

The cause for the runup in tower worker deaths isn't completely clear, but it's likely a combination of careless working practices (workers not using safety gear 100 percent of the time, or not using it correctly) and network operators pushing to build out and upgrade their networks too quickly. Hard to blame carriers for wanting to get faster networks up and running, but not at the cost of human life. (RCR is careful to note that the investigation into the rise in fatalities is too early to attribute to any specific source.)

Oddly, a loophole in OSHA rules may make it difficult for changes to happen quickly: Towers are often constructed by small contractors instead of the carriers or the owners of the towers. Since the carrier isn't on site during the construction of the tower, the contractor receives the fine and the carrier and owner face no sanctions. (That hasn't stopped the families of some of the deceased workers from suing carriers, though.)

6 comments:

nyl said...

oo nga ano?i just realized..whew!

Hendrawan said...

Wew..

fren_ace said...

wow i don't know that!
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Blogger Addicter said...

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eunice said...

I didn't know that working at a cell phone tower is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. I watched a tv show about the most dangerous job in the world is in India, where the workers have dismantle rusty vessels and many fell to their deaths, just to make some small bucks to fill their empty stomach. It's sad.

~eunice~
TravelerFolio.com

oliboy said...

pinoys can do this easy! have you seen our construction workers going up skyscrapers, tower, or billboards on a pair of islanders?!? balls of steel! :)