ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Communications Tower Standard Approved

ANSI has approved ANSI/ASSE A10.48, Criteria for Safety Practices With the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures; it will take affect in January 2017. It is the first voluntary national consensus standard strictly dedicated to protecting workers in the communications tower industry. National Association of Tower Erectors says the standard “is a game changer for the industry as it has the distinction of being the first comprehensive standard encompassing the entire tower construction, service and maintenance industry.” ASSE recently interviewed NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway, who provides additional insight into the standard.

©iStockphoto.com/Henryk Sadura

©iStockphoto.com/Henryk Sadura

The standard establishes minimum criteria for safe work practices and training for personnel who work on communication structures including antenna and antenna-supporting structures, broadcast and other similar structures that support communications-related equipment. “A10.48 brought together some of the best minds in the industry to tackle a serious problem for the telecommunications industry,” says A10 Committee Chair Richard King. “We broke down each activity related to working on a communications tower and provided safety measures that we hope will reduce injuries and fatalities.” ASSE is secretariat of the A10 Accredited Standards Committee that oversaw the standard’s development.

ANSI/ASSE A10.48 will be available on ASSE’s website this month.