Outdoor sign technicians are employees who work on the assembly, maintenance and deconstruction of an outdoor sign. These signs are exterior signs that are used to help identify a building or show the products or services that a company offers to cars and pedestrians walking by in a local area. Signage helps people to know of services that are offered in the community too.
A well-placed sign is great advertisement for a business, but there is another human factor. Someone has to put up the sign, maintain it and later change it out or take it down. That person is an outdoor sign technician, and that job is considered dangerous by all accounts.
Proper Installation of an Outdoor Sign Has Many Safety Steps
Outdoor signs have to be assembled like anything else, that has to be put together before it can go up properly. There are many safety steps in putting up an outdoor sign that cannot be ignored. First, the outdoor signage needs to be tested and reviewed to make sure it complies with all safety compliance requirements. That means that the signage needs to be tested, checked and in good working order on the ground, before it is ever installed up high on a building or a billboard.
Next, every aspect of the outdoor signage needs to be checked, and this will include all systems related to the sign’s:
- Links to electrical connections
- Cooling fans
- Intake and exhaust vents
- Mounts and brackets
- Digital WiFi signals
- Technology with hook mounts
- Power supplies
The outdoor sign technician will be an employee of a company that either works for the owner of the building, works for the owner of the sign, or works for the owner of the signage company or a contractor for a business that is a third-party vendor to this operation. That outdoor sign technician will need to carefully follow all industry standard instructions for the putting up and installation of the outdoor sign.
Getting Hurt Putting Up an Outdoor Sign
During the phase of the electrical installation of the outdoor sign, the technician needs to ensure that all aspects of installing the sign will run smoothly. If there are any issues as to the integrity of the electronics related to putting up the outdoor sign, then there is a high risk of electrocution of the outdoor sign technician at that time. The outdoor sign technician needs to have all systems “go” to be able to connect the ground wires to the outdoor sign safely, or risk being electrocuted and falling off of the platform being used to install the sign. Otherwise, the outdoor sign technician can be seriously injured when trying to connect the wires for the outdoor sign, and can be hurt if there is a defect in any aspect of the outdoor signage assembly.
Dangers of Working as an Outdoor Sign Technician/Employee
An outdoor sign technician has a difficult job, of working outside in any type of weather, whereby the employee can be injured working putting up a sign. This may be an issue where the employee has to make a workers compensation claim because of being injured on the job, putting up an outdoor sign.
Falling Off of an Outdoor Sign and Being Disabled by the Accident
Whenever an outdoor sign technician is working high up on a building or a billboard installing a sign, there need to be precautions taken to avoid falling off the building during this type of work. The outdoor sign technician has to ensure that there are the proper safeguards in place, and the building owner, maintenance department or manager to the work putting up the outdoor signs needs to make positively sure that the outdoor sign technician is safe at all stages of the outdoor sign installation. This includes installing:
- Guardrailing systems
- Personal safety net systems
- Personal fall arrest systems
- Fall protection systems
- Warning line systems
If none of these safety systems are in place, the outdoor sign technician can easily fall off of a building or a tall billboard with one misstep in installing an outdoor sign for the building owner or operator requesting the signage for the building. Nevertheless, even though there are safety systems in place to protect the life and safety of the outdoor sign technician, there needs to be a review of all safety systems as well.
For example, a safety guardrail system needs to contain only smooth surfaces to prevent workers from being punctured, lacerated or impaled by sharp edges while they are working on or near that type of safety system on a building or billboard. Another example is that if wire rope is used for the top railing of the guardrail safety system, the top ropes must be flagged at around 6-foot intervals, to show that the wire ropes are there. It sounds impossible, but an outdoor sign technician could be easily decapitated by walking into or falling into a wire rope that is integrated on top of a security guardrail system, that was originally planned to keep the outdoor sign technician workers safe.
Electrocution Is a Real Danger Working on Outdoor Signs
People working on outdoor signs as a technician can be electrocuted quite easily. If this has happened to you, just all us this morning to talk to a lawyer with experience in serious and debilitating personal injuries from working as an outdoor sign technician.
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