Greg Turner In response to a rapid rise in deaths of cellphone tower workers, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA, part of the US Department of Labor) has sent a new letter this week to mobile firms to express its concern. OSHA also notified the companies that it had re-organized relevant regulations and other information in a new website, which was published Tuesday.

According to the agency, 13 worker fatalities occurred in 2013, “more than in the previous two years combined.” OSHA added, “This disturbing trend appears to be continuing, with… four worker deaths occurring in the first five weeks of 2014.” In 2012, an investigation by ProPublica found that “between 2003 and 2011, 50 climbers died working on cell sites, more than half of the nearly 100 who were killed on communications towers.”     

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