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ASSP Updates Safety Standard

ASSP Updates Safety Standards

Nov. 20, 2023
The updated ANSI/ASSP A10.48 standard covers construction, demolition, modification and maintenance of communication structures.

Last week, The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)  published a revision to a voluntary national consensus safety standard that involves communication structures, which can present many risks for workers across the country.

Effective on January 1, the updated ANSI/ASSP A10.48 standard covers safety practices and training recommendations for the construction, demolition, modification and maintenance of communication structures.

The digital standard establishes minimum criteria that companies can implement to keep workers safe when performing work on communication structures, including antenna and broadcast supporting structures.

“The goal of the standard is to give the industry guidance on topics not covered or minimally covered in other regulations and standards,” said Chair Gordon Lyman of the A10.48 subcommittee who is also CEO of eSystem Training Solutions, in a statement. “Employers must identify and prevent potential hazards to protect those who perform this type of work.”

The A10.48 standard provides comprehensive safety guidance on communication structures, including the following sections: pre-job planning, site conditions, fall protection and rescue, radio frequency, base-mounted hoists, personnel lifting and accessories, rigging, gin poles, climbing facilities and access, structural loading considerations, training programs, capstan hoist, demolition, helicopters used for lifting external loads, and electrical safety.

Voluntary national consensus standards provide the latest expert guidance and fill gaps where federal regulations don’t exist. Companies rely on them to drive improvement, injury prevention and sustainability. With regulatory requirements being slow to change and often out of date, compliance is not sufficient to protect workers.

“Organizations with true safety cultures go beyond complying with OSHA regulations,” Lyman said. “They hold themselves to a higher standard, better protecting workers while reducing claims and reputation damage caused by workplace incidents. A standards-based approach also improves productivity and helps a company’s bottom line.”

To obtain the revised standard contact NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association.

“The A10.48 standard has been a game-changer for the industry because it has the distinction of being the first comprehensive standard encompassing the tower construction, service and maintenance industry,” said NATE Chairman Victor Drouin, president, co-founder and owner of Green Mountain Communications. “It’s a resource that outlines many practices that had never been described before.”

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