MESQUITE — The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has developed a new set of training materials aimed at keeping workers who construct and maintain telecommunications towers safe.
The free training aids were developed by TEEX Professional & Regulatory Training-OSHA Southwest Education Center through a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor. The resources help workers and employers recognize potential hazards and prevent falls from towers, and will supplement a relatively small base of materials previously available from OSHA and other governmental agencies.
Fatality rates for workers in telecommunication tower construction and maintenance are estimated to be as high as 100 times the average of workers across all industries, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The TEEX materials are classroom-quality and published for both hard-copy and Internet-hosted distribution.
Training resources developed, evaluated and validated by TEEX include six PowerPoint modules including 270 slides and visual aids, along with an instructor’s guide containing materials on eight topics with detailed segments on 27 subjects.
TEEX was recently selected as a recipient of a 2005 OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant funding a similar program to develop hazard recognition safety training materials for workers in all facets of residential construction.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond.