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Frontline Airs Exposé on Cell Tower Deaths

Posted by Alan at 6:39 PM on May 25, 2012

Before you get too excited about the whole cellular radiation debate, which is mostly debunked by the way, this in-depth report was about tower workers falling to their deaths due to poor regulation of safety issues while climbing these monstrous metal towers (climbers are 10 times more likely to die than construction workers).  Frontline aired the show on PBS May 22nd and the entire episode is now available for streaming on their web site.

To nobody’s surprise all of the cell companies refused comment during the show.  In fact, we learned that virtually none of them have even been fined by OSHA for any of the accidents.  They are above responsibility thanks to layers of protection they have put between themselves and the actual contractors who do the dirty work.  Incidentally, many of those workers make around $10 per hour to climb hundreds of feet, mostly unprotected because that allows them to climb faster and get more jobs done.  One of the worst offenders turns out to be AT&T, who pushed hard for fast work to be done during their iPhone expansion.

While one retired AT&T executive did talk with the show, the other interviews are with contract companies and the actual workers.  You can watch chapter 1 of the episode in the embedded video below.  A word of warning – there are a few graphic images of bodies laying at the base of towers.

Watch Cell Tower Deaths on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

One Comment

  1. From Terry R at 9:03 pm on May 25, 2012

    What goeth before the fall?
    And what’s the chance of getting into Heaven if rich?

    It’s not the corporations at fault, for once.

    I feel badly for the survivors of those who fell but those who fell? They KNEW.

    Are we total airheads in the USA today? Do we let the Almighty Dollar dictate to us what we will and will not do for it, including die? If so, then we deserve what we get.