Site Owners Blind to the Consequences of RF Radiation
Wireless network infrastructure has dramatically adapted to the insatiable appetite of consumer data demands. The result of this demand has made wireless sites ubiquitous and requires more antennas closer to the public and in urban centers. This need for urban sites has brought the commercial building owner into the wireless ecosystem to host carrier’s transmitting equipment.
Commercial building owners benefit from this relationship with wireless carriers from lease agreements that can gross tens of thousands of dollars annually with no effort on the part of the building owner. RF radiating antennas are out-of-sight and out-of-mind as they are typically mounted on the rooftop or the sides of the building not regularly accessed. However, routine maintenance requires that a multitude of trade personnel such as electricians, roofers, painters, HVAC, among others will place them in close proximity to transmitting antennas.
Commercial building owners are blind to RF radiation hazards and unaware of their financial liabilities when executing their lease agreement. Furthermore, there are no safety standards or guidelines set for site owners and managers from governmental entities.
Common lease agreements between wireless carriers and commercial building owners sometimes contain an indemnification clause. On the surface, this would seem to shield the building owners from any financial harm the carriers’ RF antennas may cause. However, if an injury occurs, carriers could argue that the building owners were actively negligent allowing these tradespeople on the premises and therefore, the indemnity obligations of the carriers may not apply. Issues of fault would have to be contested in a court of law against the well-financed legal teams of the carriers. This lack of legal protection is only compounded by the insurance industry standard exclusion of RF injury claims from all property insurance policies.
NA&TSC creates simple customized safety plans, which provide safety for the workers and financial security for the building owner. Through the safety process and RF Indemnity Shield™, NA&TSC guarantees worker safety and financial protection for site owners, including defense costs against RF claims. This system is provided at no cost to the participants that follow the simple and effective protocol.
It’s time for the wireless industry to do the right thing and adopt the NA&TSC safety protocol.
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- The Unavoidable Problem of RF Exposure
- The Comprehensive National Antenna & Tower Safety Center RF Safety Solution
- Carriers Alone Cannot Fully Protect Workers from RF Radiation at Cell Sites
- Insuring the Uninsurable
- American Workers Are Being Over-Exposed to RF Radiation
- Connecting the Dots Between Third-Party Workers and RF Radiation Injuries
- Protecting Tower Climbers
- RF Safety Obligations of Municipalities
- RF and Tower Safety Obligations of Turf Vendors and Contractors
- NA&TSC's Response to FCC RF Safety Issue (Part 1)
- NA&TSC's Response to FCC RF Safety Issue (Part 2)
- NA&TSC's Response to FCC RF Safety Issue (Part 3)
- NA&TSC's Response to FCC RF Safety Issue (Part 4)
- NA&TSC's Response to FCC RF Safety Issue (Part 5)
- Firefighters Must be Protected from RF Radiation at Wireless Sites
- RF Radiation Overexposure: A Fact Sheet for the Public
- Support for National Antenna & Tower Safety Center’s RF Safety Solution
- The Public Demands RF Safety for Unprotected Workers