That’s right, less than 5% of the wireless industry contributed to OSHA’s Tower Safety RFI! I am talking actual contributors.
You see before I was counting all the comments. A comment is what is just the response, not the contributor. On the FCC website, actually at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketBrowser;rpp=25;po=0;dct=PS;D=OSHA-2014-0018;refD=OSHA-2014-0018-0001 where you can see and count each comment. This would be one answer or an answer for all 28 questions, just one submission. So I went through and looked at the names individually. Don’t worry if you submitted anonymously. I didn’t actually see your name, just that someone submitted.
So, on there were actually 32 submissions, of that 26 of them were accepted and actual submissions, 1 was a proposed rule and 5 were supporting material. I counted each anonymous as a separate entry because they could be unique. So out of the 26 there are 22 unique entries, so 22 people submitted comments on the FCC page.
Now, on the Wireless Estimator page, found here, http://wirelessestimator.com/osha-rfi-2015/#!/. This took a little longer to build a list of unique names. It took me awhile but I came up with around 195 unique submissions, really a best estimate based on cut and paste and excel and asking around.
So let’s add this up, 195 (Wireless Estimator) + 22 (FCC) = 217 people who submitted responses. That is probably high because some people, like me, submitted on both sites. So that would lower.
217 people in the industry were willing to help OSHA understand the danger associated with tower climbing. In the tower industry there are over 10,000 people, allegedly, working at tower sites, training, running crews, etc. So let me do a quick calculation, 195 of 10,000 would be 2.17%. So either the number for the workers is way too high or only 2.17% of the people want OSHA to understand what is going on in the industry.
If you want to make a difference, then go to Wireless Estimator or to the Regulations.gov websites and give your 2 cents. Let them know what is really going on. Read what others in the industry want to change.
Or do nothing, it appears that over 90% of the industry would rather just get up and go to work, keep the blinders on.
Ask yourself, are we better off now, or before OSHA existed? Nobody seems to care until someone gets hurt.
God only helps those that help themselves. Here is a chance to help the industry, or do nothing and see what happens.
Be smart, be safe, and pay attention.
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