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    :: Thursday, November 27, 2008 ::

    Investigators: State to act on cell tower issue - By CHRIS INGALLS, Northwest Cable News, OR
    Since we started raising questions, the Department of Labor and Industries is modernizing its safety laws for tower workers.

    “We need to now put this on our agenda for an update,” said Cant.

    Cant has ordered increased on-site inspections of workers on towers or other elevated cell sites, more training about this unique industry for inspectors, and a revamp of telecommunications safety laws.

    “These two incidents tell us it's time to step up and do our part,” he said.

    In addition to state law, tower work is also regulated by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Our investigation found that OSHA ignored warnings from inside its own agency about the hazards of this industry.

    OSHA did not respond to our questions, as yet another tower worker falls to his death. The Tucson fatality last week was the 13th of this year nationwide.
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    In addition to tower workers, third party workers such as electricians, roofers, firefighters, are frequently over-exposed to RF Radiation. The cell phone service providers do a fair job of protecting their own employees but do nothing to protect other workers from a recognized hazard.
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