Regulator announces new safety guidelines for telecoms

The Information Communications Technology Authority has released new safety guidelines for telecommunications workers laying cables on electricity poles in the Cayman Islands.

The guideline document, which outlines proper safety measures for telecoms workers and the general public, was drafted by DataLink Ltd., a company licensed by the ICTA to manage telecommunications on CUC’s electricity poles.

The guidelines include information on the minimum safe distances that workers need to maintain between cables, how tight the telecoms cables should be laid on the poles and how to strengthen the electricity poles.

DataLink worked with Cayman’s technology industry to agree on local best practices in the interest of worker safety.

Russell Richardson, deputy director, Industry Affairs, at ICTA said, “The ICTA set up and chaired an industry working group to develop industry standards aimed at ensuring that telecoms workers, when they are laying telecoms cables on electricity poles, do so in a safe manner. Ensuring proper regulation and safety for all is a primary focus of the authority.”

The industry working group WG-001, which consists of Industry representatives from C3, DataLink, LIME and Logic, will meet on a regular basis to review the guidelines and make any necessary additions.

The guidebook “General Guidelines for Telecommunication Workers when Attaching to Electric Utility Assets” is available for download on the ICTA website.

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