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TCU Safety Survey

Safety Survey

The Tower Climbers Union/CWA fights for safety first and always. We need all tower climbers to be heard on this issue, so please take 5 minutes to fill out this anonymous survey and share it with your fellow tower climbers so they can fill it out today. Your personal info will be kept private.
1. Participant Details:
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2. Does your employer carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
3. Does your employer provide short-term disability insurance?
4. Did your employer hire you as an employee (W-2) or as an independent contractor (1099)?
5. How are you paid?
6. If you are paid hourly, what is your current pay range?
6. What types of training have you received? Check all that apply.
7. Is your training adequate to ensure you have the skills, expertise and experience required to work safely?
10. At your current job, are you expected to be certified in any of the following areas?
Space Cell YesNo
Structure types and hardware
Tower climbing, including understand the use of Lanyards,Roper Grabs, Fall Arrest, Fall Restraint, PPE, Rigging and Ladder Climbing Systems Knots & Hitches
Climbing techniques
Aerial lifts (MEWPS)
Rescue (self & victim)
Field training
First Aid/CPR
RF Awareness
11. Do you feel comfortable asking questions about safety and or safety practices at work?
13. Do you feel comfortable reporting an unsafe condition on a tower worksite?
15. Please respond to the following safety-related statements on a scale of 1-5 (1=strongly disagree, 2=somewhat disagree, 3=neutral, 4=somewhat agree, 5=strongly agree):
Space Cell 1-Strongly Disagree2-Somewhat Disagree3-Neutral4-Somewhat Agree5-Strongly Agree
I am not concerned about my safety at work
I was provided with all the safety training and equipment I need to perform my job safely
I am never pressured to work in unsafe weather conditions
The deadlines for completing our assignments are always reasonable and never create pressures to cut corners that could compromise safety.
I am fairly compensated so I am never distracted by economic concerns that could compromise my safety.
The towers I work on are always very well maintained so I never have to worry about their structural integrity.
If there is an emergency or safety issue at a worksite, I always know who to contact and the problem gets resolved right away.
There is a regular open and respectful dialogue and exchange about safety related issues between employees and management.
Does your company perform regular drug testing?
16. How frequently are you told to work unsafely “to get the job done”? 
18. Have you ever encountered safety hazards on a job that are outside of your control (ie you are pressured or forced to work in unsafe weather conditions).
19. How frequently do you encounter these hazards?
19. How frequently has your employer or client denied ever telling you to work unsafe? 
20. How often is there a Competent Person on-site who inspects the tower and fall protection equipment?
21. Have you known anyone who has been seriously injured on the job?
22. Have you known anyone who has been fatally injured on the job?
23. Have you been on a job site where someone has been injured?
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24. Have you been on a job site where someone was fatally injured?
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25. In your experience in the industry generally, how often are safety incidents investigated?
26. What is the most frequent outcome following an investigation of a safety incident?
27. How frequently do you experience or witness the use of drugs and alcohol on the job?
28. Tower Owners: As the owner or landlord, Tower Companies are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the tower structure. They have the power to grant or restrict access to their towers, as well as to impose work rules on the towers that could impact safety.
Space Cell All the timeVery frequentlySometimesRarelyNever
How frequently do Tower Owners impose rules or work requirements that can cause safety concerns or hazards?
How frequently do you get assigned jobs on towers that require structural modification or need repairs?
29. Have you encountered any of the following issues at a job site within the last year? (Check all that apply)
30. Please rank the following Tower Owners regarding how their rules impact your safety (1 = Rules make job less safe, 2 = Rules do not impact safety, 3 = Rules make job more safe)
Space Cell Rules make job less safeRules do not impact safetyRules make job more safe
American Tower
Crown Castle
SBA Communications
Tillman Infrastructure
Vertical Bridge
Melody Wireless Infrastructure
31. Please rate the following Tower Owners regarding how how well their towers are overall generally maintained:
Space Cell Towers are very well maintainedTowers are moderately well maintainedTowers need improvementTowers are poorly maintained
American Tower
Crown Castle
SBA Communications
Tillman Infrastructure
Vertical Bridge
Melody Wireless Infrastructure
Carriers: As the client purchasing the services of tower climbers to install, repair, or remove their equipment, the carriers (i.e., AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Dish) prescribe many rules and conditions that can impact the safety of your work.
32. How frequently do Carriers impose rules or work requirements that can cause safety concerns or hazards?
 
33. Have you encountered any of the following issues related to rules or pressures imposed by the Carriers within the last year? (Check all that apply)
34. Please rate the following Carriers regarding how their rules impact your safety.
Space Cell Rules make job less safeRules do not impact safetyRules make job more safe
AT&T
Verizon
T-Mobile
Dish TV
Government-owned sites and towers: Municipal, State and Federal government entities own large tracts of land that are leased to tower companies to construct and manage towers that generate revenue for the government body. Sometimes the government entity also owns the tower and contracts directly with tower contractors directly.
35. Has a government entity ever hired you or your employer to perform work on a tower?
36. Have you ever worked on a tower owned by a government entity (city, state, federal, water authority, etc.) or is located on government property?
37. How frequently do you work on towers where the landlord is a government entity? 
38. How would you rate the quality of the maintenance for towers owned by a government entity, or where the landlord is a government entity?
39. Are there any significant differences regarding potential safety hazards between a government-owned tower (ex. State of New York) and a privately-owned tower (ex. American Tower) that you have encountered?