Since humans receive 80 percent of their information through the sense of sight, a well-lit jobsite is a necessity to support safety and productivity.

Battery-Powered Tower Lights Add Jobsite Safety and Productivity

Lighting is the one piece of equipment that universally affects everyone on the jobsite. Since humans receive 80 percent of their information through the sense of sight1 , a well-lit jobsite is a necessity, not a luxury, to support safety and productivity. Workers need proper lighting 24 hours a day, in all locations. Safety risks can increase or decrease with jobsite visibility, whether working in a dark mechanical room, during an electrical shutdown, on a night concrete pour, or repairing downed power poles during a storm. Inadequate lighting on a worksite is not only a hazard to safety, but also a danger to health. The risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities increases when a worker cannot correctly see the location, shape, or speed of an object. For workers, poor lighting can cause symptoms including eye strain, discomfort, and headaches, and result in reduced worker hours. This can lower productivity and quality, especially for precision work.2 Improved jobsite lighting can help avoid injuries and deaths. In 2019, the construction industry topped all others with 1,003 preventable fatal work injuries, a 2% increase (see chart).3 Practical safety measures to reduce the risk of injury can be as simple as using effective jobsite lighting in both harsh outdoor sites and specialized indoor conditions.


Visibility Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates jobsites in standard 1926.56(a), among other standards:

“Construction areas, ramps, runways, corridors, offices, shops, and storage areas shall be lighted to not less than the minimum illumination intensities listed in Table D-3 while any work is in progress.”

Noncompliance risks an unhappy workforce, jeopardizes the safety and health of employees, and can trigger legal costs, workers’ compensation claims, and fines.

Poor lighting can contribute to falls, which are the leading cause of fatal workplace injuries. All “Fatal Four” accident categories4 can potentially be impacted by inadequate lighting.

In addition to fatalities, poor lighting can contribute to slip, trip, and non-fatal fall injuries.5 Severe consequences like back injuries and torn ligaments can result.

Even a normally safe area in the daylight, such as an ordinary curb, can become a fall hazard after dark if lighting is absent. Workers on foot can be injured due to hidden hazardous conditions masked by poor lighting. These can include a change in elevation in a darkened area, a slick spot on a walkway, an unseen cord, or an obstacle in a dimly lit path, stairway, or parking lot.

Also, when heavy equipment is located on shadowy sites, workers may not be able to see where a moving object is located relative to them, how fast it’s moving, or how it’s shaped, with possible protruding attachments. Workers operating heavy machinery like bulldozers or backhoes could strike a crew member.

Portable battery-powered tower lights can help jobsites immediately meet the need for visibility.

A Better Way to Work

Lighting technology has leapfrogged from Thomas Edison’s first commercially practical incandescent bulb in 1879 to today’s era of LED tower lights.6 Each time, new technology disrupted the way people lived and worked. And each time, these innovations delivered on the belief: “There is a better way.”

Innovations include:

  • 1940s: Fluorescent lights tripled the efficiency of incandescent bulbs and lasted longer.
  • 1990s: Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) cut the energy use of incandescent bulbs by about 75 percent and lasted about 10 times longer.
  • 1995: The age of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) began, with high-quality LED lamps using at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent lamps and lasting 25 times longer.7

Continuing the belief that “there is a better way,” more recent innovations fundamentally changed temporary lighting:

  • 2009: MILWAUKEE® became the first manufacturer to integrate LED lamps into battery-operated, cordless lighting solutions that are built to withstand jobsite conditions. 
  • 2020: The MX FUEL™ ROCKET™ Tower Light/Charger joined the new MX FUEL™ line of battery-operated solutions that redefines light equipment.

Along with the evolution in technology, the mindset on today’s jobsites is changing. Workers realize that safety risks they used to accept as “part of the job,” such as the risks surrounding poor lighting, are addressable on the jobsite.

An example: In 2020, Koetter Construction began a field tryout of MX FUEL™ battery-powered equipment. Koetter is one of the largest full-service, design-build general contractors and commercial developers in Southern Indiana and Greater Louisville, Kentucky. As a result of the months-long tryout, Koetter crews realized the benefits of eliminating gas-powered equipment and its maintenance. “You don’t know what you don’t know,” Hardscape Manager Nick Moses said. “We accepted the problems but now we realize we don’t have to.”

Continue reading this whitepaper in its entirety to learn about the benefits of battery power and Milwaukee's new solution, the MX FUEL™ ROCKET™ Tower Light/Charger, the brightest battery-powered light in the industry.

Browse to see a variety of Milwaukee lighting solutions to help keep your workplace safe and productive.

4The Construction Chart Book: The U.S. Construction Industry and Its Workers, Sixth Edition, eChartBook. The Center for Construction Research and Training, CPWR. February 2018. Page 43.
8The Construction Chart Book: The U.S. Construction Industry and Its Workers, Sixth Edition. The Center for Construction Research and Training, CPWR. February 2018. Page xvii.
9U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, December 10, 2020.
12The Construction Chart Book: The U.S. Construction Industry and Its Workers, Sixth Edition, eChartBook. The Center for Construction Research and Training, CPWR. February 2018. Page 54.


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Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has led the industry in developing innovative solutions that deliver increased productivity and unmatched durability. Whether it is through our world-leading M12™ and M18™ cordless systems, the ground-breaking performance of our M12 and M18 FUEL™ products, jobsite lighting, time-saving accessories, or innovative hand tool and storage products, we are dedicated to delivering a continuous flow of advanced, trade-specific solutions. We have taken the time to understand our users’ needs and develop PPE from the ground up, delivering hard hats that allow users to adapt to each job and safety glasses that can be worn all day with lasting fog-free lenses. MILWAUKEE® is focused on creating innovative solutions that won’t slow users down, helping them stay safe and stay productive on the jobsite. 


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