Raising Awareness of Communications Tower Standards

ASSE is partnering with Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to raise awareness of two new standards targeting the industries involved in building and maintaining communications towers:

  1. ANSI/TIA-322, Loading Criteria, Analysis, and Design Related to the Installation, Alteration and Maintenance of Communication Structures;
  2. ANSI/ASSE A10.48, Criteria for Safety Practices With the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures.

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TIA and ASSE worked together to evolve the original TIA-1019-A, Standard for Installation, Alteration and Maintenance of Antenna Supporting Structures and Antennas, for two distinct audiences. Construction-related loading, analysis and design requirements are contained in ANSI/TIA-322, while the construction means and methods provisions are covered in ANSI/ASSE A10.48. Both standards take effect Jan, 1, 2017.

“It is very important that we raise awareness throughout the industry about TIA-322 and ASSE 10.48, which embody the latest generation of telecom construction standards,” says John Erichsen, chair of the TIA TR-14 Engineering Committee. “Building on the lessons gained by construction and engineering personnel, these standards will improve the construction process and help shape a high-quality work environment. Together, the standards will improve work site communications by establishing a common vernacular for all responsible for the deployment of telecom infrastructure.”

“These standards . . . take into account all of the best-practices we’ve identified during that time,” says A10 Chair Richard King. “We are confident that the measures provided will reduce many common issues. For this reason, we are very eager to see the standards quickly adopted throughout the industry.”

The groups will deliver a webinar, “Moving Communication Tower Safety Forward Using ANSI/ASSE A10.48-2016 and ANSI/TIA-322-2016,” on Nov. 16. Find complete details on learn.asse.org.