Parents, Neighbors, and Students Against Cell Towers on School Property
Dr. David Stupin, retired physicist from the Los Alamos National Lab compiled this list of of cell tower fires and collapses.
OSHA News Release
"In the past few months, tower workers have been injured and killed by falling objects, equipment failure, and the structural collapse of towers."
No More Falling Workers
OSHA focuses on protecting cell tower employees after increase in worksite fatalities. 2/2014 HERE
OSHA Warning letter to communication tower employers 2/2014 HERE
Cell Towers are a Threat to Medical Helicopters
School playing fields are likely emergency landing locations for helicopters, making them dangerous places for cell towers.
Do We Want Commercial Industrial Machinery on Our Playgrounds?
Frontline: Cell Tower Safety
Cell Towers are Industrial Machines. They have occupational hazards as would any Heavy Industrial Machine.
Is this what we want on our playgrounds?
Labor Department Warms of "Alarming Rise "in Cell Tower Deaths. Read the 2014 Report HERE.
Cell Towers on Playgrounds = Safety Hazards
The Safety Issues With Towers:
Hazardous Hazmat Sites: Cell Tower compounds have back up generators on site. They have hazardous materials such as lead acid batteries in their batteries and have diesel fuel for the back up generators.(See the lease where this is stated.)
Do we want HAZMAT sites on our kids playgrounds?
Fires: Cell towers sometimes catch fire during routine maintenance. This happens more often than you think and there are several recent examples like this one in Pennsylvania.or this one or this one -July 15 Fire on a School Cell Tower!
Worker Accidents: Tower workers sometimes fall off towers, die and are seriously injured. This is happening so often that OSHA has gotten involved. Do we want our children witness to such accidents?
The Fall Zone: Cell towers have fall zones. At Tasker Middle School- the School ITSELF and the parking lot is in the Fall zone This is the area that would be in danger should a tower topple due to fire, high winds, earthquakes. ( Another reason they're better suited for commercial/industrial areas.) See this tower that caught on fire and is falling over.
Officials have said that these towers were built to crumple and not fall over. However if you research tower issues you will see several examples of towers falling over. For example if you scroll through this recent Pennsylvania tower fire you will see a picture of it leaning over. See: Pennsylvania Fire results in Collapse Fears: Collapse Zone created at base and they vacated the buildings: Seems like engineers have work to do!
Dangerous in Storms: Ice can also accumulate on the tower and can be dangerous when it falls off.
Crime: Cell towers have attracted criminals and vandals (copper thefts), and we don't need or want to increase the risk of crime in our neighborhood. SEE THIS NEWS.
Safety Checks: Workers who do maintenance on the towers are contractors and are not necessarily checked for safety for children. These strangers come and go as they please with 24 hour access. They do not pass the front desk but just drive up.
Kids Could get Hurt: Cell tower compounds have fences children might try to climb up. Inside are high voltage electrical lines and dangerous machinery. What if they try to scale these fences on a dare? Teens do these things!
Truck Traffic: Trucks come to do regular maintenance. Do we want all these trucks pulling up and backing up near our school?
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