Prior to the 1980s, communication and broadcast tower erection, servicing, and maintenance was a very small and highly specialized industry. Over the past 30 years, the growing demand for wireless and broadcast communications has spurred a dramatic increase in communication tower construction and maintenance. In order to erect or maintain communication towers, employees regularly climb towers, using fixed ladders, support structures or step bolts, from 100 feet to heights in excess of 1000 or 2000 feet. Employees climb towers throughout the year, including during inclement weather conditions.

This increasing demand for communication towers increases the demand for communication companies to employ workers in such dangerous conditions. Hunter UAS can help your company nearly eliminate the need to hoist personnel in hazardous conditions for routine and visual inspections.

No more falling workers
"Tower worker deaths cannot be the price we pay for increased wireless communication," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.

OSHA is concerned about the alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities at communication towers. The trend seems to be; the more demand we have for cellular coverage, the more towers we need. The more towers we need, the more tower workers we need. Hence, the more serious injuries and fatalities we end up with. Hunter UAS can help your company comply and adhere to OSHA's strict safety standards and guidelines by allowing you to do the inspections on the ground. High resolution aerial imagery can, at times, be more accurate than the human eye. Images can be shared with colleagues and collaborators instantly from the site location, reducing the need to place employees at risk until absolutely necessary.

More frequent routine inspections
Communication companies and tower owners can increase their inspection protocols to a more frequent basis. With no risk to tower employees by keeping their feet planted safely on the ground, companies can perform more frequent inspections and address the minor concerns without needing to negotiate the risk of sending an employee up the tower for a routine visual.

Lower your company's insurance and your company's incident rate
Business insurance and workman's compensation coverages are very expensive, more than most employees can even imagine.  And employing workers in hazardous conditions is even more expensive but keeping your tower employees planted safely on the ground for a portion of their yearly inspections can lower these costs dramatically. Live video feeds also give the tower technician the ability to view what the UAS pilot views and hone in on a suspected critical area for further inspection. As much time as needed can be taken using aerial data without the worry of fatigue or other distractions risking a fall. Less falls and injuries equal a lower incident rate for your business.