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Drouin, Mallon and Young elected to serve on NATE Board for first time, Scott re-elected

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released the official results of the 2019 Board of Directors election with Randy Scott, President of Texoma Contracting, Inc. in Muskogee, Okla. being re-elected, and Victor Drouin, President of Green Mountain Communications, Inc. in Pembroke, N.H.; Chris Mallon, President of Tower MRL, Inc. in Sun Prairie, Wisc.; and Michael Young, Chief Operating Officer at Sioux Falls …

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Execs inform the FCC of women’s key roles in wireless infrastructure’s success, opportunities

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Women of NATE (WON) representatives recently met with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and FCC Policy Advisor Evan Swartztrauber at the FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC to exchange views on key industry topics. Commissioner Carr visited with members of WON, Andy Lee, Vice President of Operations, Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc.;  Miranda Allen, CEO, Radiofrequency Safety International; Shama Ray, CEO …

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Tower mods video emphasizes exacting sequences required

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a video entitled “Tower Modifications: It’s All About the Sequence” that focuses on the dos and don’ts of performing proper tower modifications. The video was unveiled as part of Volume 3 of the Association’s acclaimed Climber Connection series. The informative video includes an interview with an experienced industry construction manager who …

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Split House and Senate bodes well for NATE’s wireless industry lobbying efforts

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Wall Street’s bulls were cheering midterm election results yesterday that saw Democrats on Tuesday take control of the House and Republicans hold control of the Senate, delivering a split Congress and prospects for legislative gridlock over the remaining two years of President Trump’s term. Today, enthusiasm was a little subdued and the market remained flat, although the communications sector was …

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OSHA construction chief and friend of the industry Dean McKenzie passes at age 62

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OSHA Directorate of Construction Dean A. McKenzie,62, passed away Nov. 4, 2018, in Maryland after a year-long battle with cancer. McKenzie, who assisted the wireless construction industry in many of its efforts, including federal safety workshops, was instrumental in seeing if there could be an industry balance with the possibility of a new wireless construction regulation that would encompass current …

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Mount failure being investigated in accident that killed a New Mexico tower technician

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A 28-year-old tower technician was killed Friday afternoon in an industry accident that occurred off of NM 14 northeast of Albuquerque, N.M. According to sources knowledgeable of the incident, David Fernandez of Las Cruces, N.M., employed by Enertech of New Braunfels, Tex., was performing a Sprint antenna change-out on a water tower in an all-terrain man lift when he fell …

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Climbers’ challenging weather environments highlighted in video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a #ClimberConversation video shining a spotlight on the challenging weather-related environments tower technicians are confronted with while working at communication tower sites. The video release is timely as weather patterns are changing dramatically across the United States with the calendar turning to November. The #ClimberConversation volume is a companion series to the …

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Fed’s findings could stymie new OSHA tower rule and lead to adoption of A10.48 Standard

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An extensive 266-page report from The Small Business Advocacy Review Panel (SBAR) regarding a possible new OSHA standard that would apply to all work activities performed on cell, broadcast and all other communications towers was released this week with 10 key recommendations (below) for OSHA to consider if they’re going to introduce a new industry safety rule. OSHA is required …

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NATE announces STAR Initiative participants for 2018-2019 program

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STAR Initiative Companies Represent Best-in-Class for Safety and Quality The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has announced the member companies who have been formally approved to participate in the STAR Initiative program for the 2018-2019 year. The NATE STAR Initiative is currently entering its eighth year and is the Association’s signature program designed to help companies operate safely and …

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Fewer contractors entering wireless construction as requirements increase and profits head south

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A Wireless Estimator survey recently completed by 262 wireless infrastructure contractors has provided a wealth of information regarding carrier payment terms and other industry concerns that will be detailed in additional reports next month. However, the first evident troubling or possibly beneficial data unveiled is that new contractors are not entering the business as they did four years ago when …

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NATE UNITE 2019’s keynote luncheon address will feature Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that Willie Robertson will deliver the keynote address at the NATE UNITE 2019 Conference in Grapevine, Texas. The event will take place February 4-7, 2019 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. NATE UNITE is widely regarded as the premier and most comprehensive education event in the wireless and broadcast …

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NATE hosts UAS operations showcase event in D.C. Beltway at Crown Castle site

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Key stakeholders from federal government agencies, industry and media participated in the inaugural NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Operations “Field Day Showcase” yesterday. This dynamic drone experience was held at a Crown Castle tower site located in Gainesville, Va., in close proximity to the Washington, D.C. beltway. At the event, attendees were provided an opportunity to witness live flight demonstrations …

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Industry’s first-ever influential contractor survey’s deadline is October 10

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Make your company’s concerns count As wireless contractors are acutely aware, contractor firms in the industry have experienced trends that have seen payment terms go from 30 days to 60 days, and now are settling in at 90 to 120 days, placing an undue financial burden on contractor companies. It’s not whether these terms could potentially compromise safety and  hinder …

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Maintaining top tower talent, NWSA, and small cells best practices at NATE WIN Florida conference

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The NATE Wireless Industry Network (WIN) will be hosting its Southeast Regional Conference on Oct. 29, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola/Medical Center in Pensacola, Fla. The conference will focus on key industry safety initiatives as well as other educational presentations, and offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees, according to WIN Director Scott Krouse. The conference …

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FCC’s rules passage will serve to put the U.S. as a leader in the race to 5G

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As expected, the FCC voted this morning to approve rules, available here, designed to speed up the deployment of small cells and other 5G network equipment by regulating in part the fees and timelines cities and states can impose on wireless network operators and other wireless players. Although Democrat FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel voted for the rules, she dissented in …

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NATE debuts “Be Your Brother’s Keeper” tower rescue video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors today unveiled a video entitled “Be Your Brother’s Keeper” that focuses on the importance of the planning, procedures, equipment and training necessary to perform a successful tower rescue. The video includes an interview with an experienced industry safety instructor walking through a rescue scenario and discussing the measures that must be planned for and implemented …

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Former NATE Chairwoman Pat Cipov inducted into Wireless Hall of Fame

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The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) inducted five individuals into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame during an awards ceremony that was held last night at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.  The Wireless Hall of Fame event was held in conjunction with the 2018 Mobile World Congress Americas Conference that is taking place this week in Los Angeles. The Wireless …

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Distributed Antenna Systems: NATE is more than just towers video unveiled in Los Angeles

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a #ClimberConversation video highlighting the vital role that Distributed Antenna Systems play to enable a mobile, connected society. The video was unveiled at the GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas event taking place this week in Los Angeles, Calif. The #ClimberConversation volume is a companion series to the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection campaign …

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Florence’s aftermath will see how hardened networks actually were

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As the country’s wireless workforce marshals logistic resupply bases, for the next two days the nation’s carriers will extol the virtues of their hurricane preparedness capabilities’ public relations campaigns as to why they – and only they – can ensure a strong and reliable network when Hurricane Florence decimates the East Coast. As if they all used the same Word …

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Contractor cash flow could be the real culprit in the US’s inability to quickly roll out 5G

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It’s the delayed payments, stupid! Commentary – Although we’re treated to almost a daily dose of news about how macro and small cell siting issue delays could adversely impact a successful 5G buildout in America, initial data from Wireless Estimator’s industry-supported Terms of Payment Survey indicates that carrier-generated cash flow problems of contractors could be 5G’s Achilles heel. To draw …

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FCC’s newly minted plan will clear the way for cheaper and faster 5G deployments

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The FCC will vote in three weeks on a plan to accelerate next-generation 5G wireless networks around the U.S. by overriding some local rules that they believe will hold up deployment. FCC Commissioner Brendar Carr announced at a press conference today in Indianapolis that the plan is targeting deployment of small cell transmitters that are oftentimes subject to local delay …

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Influential wireless and drone companies at inaugural UAS summit

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) recently hosted a successful inaugural Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Summit in the Motor City of Detroit, Michigan.The high-level, 2-day strategic planning event was attended by participants representing the most prominent companies in the wireless and drone industries.During the NATE UAS Summit, attendees received an update from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) UAS Integration …

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FCC chief takes off his tie to be tied off to appreciate the disciplines and exhausting work of a tower tech

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today experienced climbing a communications tower during a site visit near De Beque, Colo.  The tour was facilitated by representatives from the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), SBA Communications and EasTex Tower, LLC. The visit was a part of Chairman Pai’s road trip across Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado to highlight how …

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Verizon appears to be disingenuous in stating contractors are paid within 30 days

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Although Verizon’s payment term for construction contractors has been 30 days in past master service agreements (MSA), according to preliminary data obtained by Wireless Estimator in its active Terms of Payment Survey, the carrier has been pressuring contractors to accept 90 days. Most companies are pushing back, but a smaller segment of contractors said they are accepting the delayed payment terms …

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Nation takes a deep dive into contractor obstacles threatening 5G with industry supported survey

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Wireless contractors have recently raised the distinct possibility that due to what they identify as ‘onerous’ payment terms and other issues created by carriers and tower owners, the industry could see a shakeout, and all of the recent successful legislative moves to speed up the implementation of 5G in America could be stymied as cash flow problems keep contractors from …

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One-touch policy will benefit broadband providers and non-union workers

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The FCC voted unanimously today, with one partial dissent, to adopt a one-touch, make-ready (OTMR) policy for new broadband attachments on utility poles in order to speed up broadband deployment and competition. The policy “makes clear” that states and local governments are not to impose moratoria on broadband development. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel agreed with accelerating pole attachments, but dissented in …

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NATE partners with Teltronic Towers to host U.S. SBA and OSHA tower-site visit

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Last Thursday, NATE partnered with founding member company Teltronic Towers, Inc. to host officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and OSHA at a communications tower site in Frederick, Md. During the visit, officials from U.S. SBA and OSHA witnessed in real-time a Teltronic Towers crew replacing cellular antennas with upgraded antennas and equipment at a monopole site. The U.S. …

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NATE and Warriors4Wireless announce a strong industry partnership

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and Warriors4Wireless (W4W) today announced a collaborative partnership to enhance ties between the two organizations and further advance workforce development initiatives in the industry. As part of the agreement, NATE joins a select group of prominent organizations and companies in the industry to be promoted as an official supporting partner of W4W. Additionally, W4W …

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Coalition of organizations endorse Communications and Jobs Training Act of 2018 legislation

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A diverse coalition of influential communications industry organizations today announced their endorsement of H.R. 5639 – The Communications and Jobs Training Act of 2018.Organizations supporting the legislation include CTIA, Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), Rural Wireless Association (RWA), Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Utilities Technology Council (UTC) and …

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Industry pride shines as Pat Cipov is selected as Wireless Hall of Fame honoree

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Accolades from all quarters of the industry have been coming in for Pat Cipov who was selected by the Wireless History Foundation (WHF) last week as one of its 2018 Wireless Hall of Fame honorees – the most recognized and highest honor acknowledging the leadership, innovation and achievement of each honoree in the wireless industry. In making the announcement, the …

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ATC misjudges industry pushback and pulls back onerous contractor amendment

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In a measure to prevent other towercos from building sites near their structures, and obtain some of their tenants with more favorable lease rates, American Tower Corp. informed their contractors late last month that if they assisted in the construction of a macro tower site within one-half mile of one of their existing towers they would be dropped from their …

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Less ‘headache’ calls championed by NATE’s new dropped object video

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When a tool or other object is accidentally dropped by a technician from a tower, the customary bellow to those below is to yell ‘headache’ – the customary warning of a dangerous, possibly deadly situation. Desirous of Aleveiating headache concerns, the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a video entitled “Look out Below” that focuses on the risks associated with dropped objects …

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NATE unveils Spanish edition of popular climber training standard

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NATE today announced that the fourth edition of the NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard (NATE CTS), one of the Association’s signature resources, is now available in Spanish. The Norma de Capacitación de Protección contra Caidas para Trepadores de Torres de la NATE establishes the minimum requirements to which all tower climbers should be trained. The NATE CTS outlines …

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FCC’s 2020 repack deadline is questionable following first year’s bleak build

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After assessing the progress of the first 12 months of the broadband repack, and the immense pressure put upon the small cadre of contractors that specialize in tall tower broadcast work, the NAB is again championing the need for the FCC to address what the trade group and tower companies believe is an “unrealistic schedule” and the organization is urging …

Company calendars should be checked for June 11 NATE WIN regional conference

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On Monday, June 11, 2018, NATE WIN will host the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend this conference. The cost to attend the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference is $75 per person and includes lunch. Interested attendees can register by completing the Registration Form …

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All tower techs get to bask in the limelight on appreciation day

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a commemoration declaring Wed., May 9, 2018 as Tower Technician Appreciation Day. For the second consecutive year, a day has been set aside by NATE to coincide with OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down Week in order to pay tribute to the important work that tower technicians conduct on a daily basis to …

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FCC Commissioner Carr gets an enlightening Cook’s tour of tower site work

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FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr today conducted a site visit to a communications tower located in Noblesville, Ind. The tour was facilitated by representatives from NATE, Crown Castle and Heartland Solutions Corporation. During his time spent on site, Carr visited with technicians and staff from NATE member companies Heartland Solutions and Crown Castle to discuss the work that is conducted on …

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NATE Chairman Jim Tracy delivers a keynote address at STAC 2018

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is playing a significant role this week at the 3rd Annual Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) Conference & Exposition in Calgary, Alberta. The STAC event, which began yesterday, is being held April 17-18 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary Hotel. NATE Chairman Jim Tracy delivered a STAC 2018 keynote presentation today entitled The …

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“I Don’t Need a Gym Membership” video is a great workforce development initiative

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a video highlighting the physical rigors and challenges that make communications tower work rewarding. The video is a companion series to the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection campaign and is a vital component of NATE’s workforce development outreach to promote the profession and attract new workers into the industry. The video, entitled “I …

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Organizations applaud new rules that curb 5G ‘cash cow’ reviews

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The FCC helped clear the way for wireless providers to deploy hundreds of thousands of small antennas for use in 5G services by easing historic and environmental reviews before equipment is installed, and limiting American Indian tribes’ authority over the installations. In a 3-to-2 Republican-led vote for its Wireless Infrastructure Streamlining Report and Order, the FCC said that installing the …

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NATE’s Music City show ends on a ‘real’ record high note

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that last week’s NATE UNITE 2018 conference in Nashville, Tenn. set a new attendance record of 1,856 registrants. The organization’s all-time conference attendee total in its 23-year show history exceeded the previous attendance registration record of 1,801 at NATE UNITE 2017 in Fort Worth, Tex. NATE leaders also recognized the high …

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Cipov, Miller and Blackburn honored at NATE UNITE 2018 awards luncheon

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today honored Pat Cipov, President of Cipov Enterprises, Inc. in Sumter, S.C.; Pat Miller, Director of EasTex Tower, LLC in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Congressman Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Representative for the 7th District of Tennessee during the Awards Luncheon sponsored by SBA Communications at NATE UNITE 2018 in Nashville, Tenn.Cipov was honored as the recipient …

Tower Family Foundation and NATE assist Indiana student with memorial scholarship

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The Tower Family Foundation and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today jointly announced that Corey Gilreath, a junior civil engineering student from Evansville, Ind., has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. Gilreath already has significant real-world experience, having spent the past four years …

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Thanks to the Women of NATE, Nashville confab is off to a running start

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Participants who walked the 3.1 mile loop around the Gaylord Opryland resort, had the opportunity to network and enjoy each other’s company, but for some, their time to finish took precedence and it showed with the first three male finishers being Ross Evans, Anthony Castillo and Jim Murdock. The top three female participants were Heather Delz, Jeanne Piercy and Danielle …

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Executives Tracy, Miller and Dougherty to lead NATE in 2018

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NATE announced today that Board of Directors’ members Jim Tracy, Jim Miller and Kevin Dougherty were elected to serve on the Association’s Executive Committee for the upcoming year. The Association made the announcement on the first day of the NATE UNITE 2018 Conference and Exposition in Nashville, Tenn. Jim Tracy, CEO of Legacy Telecommunications was re-elected to serve as NATE …

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Lawsuit targets multiple companies in Ernie Jones’ tragic death

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The widow of a well-respected and prominent Indiana structural engineer who died on Oct. 21, 2015 when he was crushed to death between an elevator and a guyed tower’s structural members has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Oklahoma, where the incident occurred, against the owner of the tower, the manufacturer of the structure, the elevator manufacturer, and a contractor …

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Free exhibit hall pass is another enticement for heading to NATE UNITE 2018

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Every year the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) adds new educational and event activities to it annual convention, the acknowledged premiere conference for the wireless construction and maintenance industry. This year is no exception as the organization introduces its free exhibit hall passes during the Feb. 19 through Feb. 22 NATE UNITE 2018 event at the Gaylord Opryland Resort …

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Trump’s infrastructure plan unveiling is thin on broadband benefits

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The White House today released President Donald Trump‘s long-sought infrastructure plan that includes $200 billion in federal funding for the next 10 years with the end goal being to incentivize another $1.3 trillion in local investment to rehabilitate the nation’s roads, bridges, tunnels, and to expand broadband. Whether any of the $100 billion in direct grants to local governments will …

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NATE members enable networks to enjoy record Super Bowl LII data surge

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All eyes will be laser-focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl LII kickoff, and it’s unlikely that they’ll even notice eyeball orbs above them containing dozens of cellular antennas improving coverage at ground level. Or Verizon’s antennas hidden in stairway handrails and under some seats. With the lowest asking price for a ticket on the secondary market going for $6,743 this afternoon …

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Congressman Marsha Blackburn to headline NATE UNITE 2018 awards luncheon

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has been named as the inaugural recipient of the organization’s Legislative Champion Award. Blackburn will be presented with the honor and is slated to deliver keynote remarks at the NATE UNITE 2018 Awards Luncheon. The Awards Luncheon, sponsored by SBA Communications, is scheduled to take place …

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Washington’s ‘Little Red Book’ could easily save tower tech lives

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  The State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries’ (L&I) extensive Safety Standards for Telecommunications became effective Jan. 1, 2018, and in order to get the rule into workers’ hands, the agency, at no cost to the individual or their company, is providing a downloadable copy of the 129-pages of rules in Chapter 296-32 WAC. The department is also providing …

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Tower Family Foundation golf invitational set for February 18 in Nashville

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You can get an early start to your 2018 golf season by hitting the links and participating in the inaugural Tower Family Foundation Golf Invitational. This fun event will take place the day before the annual NATE UNITE conference begins on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Gaylord Springs Golf Club in Nashville, Tenn. The event is powered by NATE’s Wireless …

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NATE offering free rigger awareness training throughout the country

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today the dates and locations for their 2018 Rigger Awareness Training Courses. Twelve courses will be hosted nationwide and will be offered free of charge to attendees due to a Susan Harwood Training Grant (SH-31235-SH7) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Throughout 2018, NATE is planning to …

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FCC gets serious about putting 4,200 ‘twilight towers’ in the spotlight

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) applauded the FCC’s significant vote to seek public comment on a plan to exclude from routine historic preservation review the collocation of wireless communications equipment on “twilight towers”. It has been estimated by the FCC that those structures total more than 4,200 nationwide. The affirmative vote from …

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Four NATE Directors re-elected as Ray joins Board for the first time

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released the official results of the 2018 Board of Directors election, announcing that candidates Kevin Dougherty, President of MILLENNIA CONTRACTING, Inc. in New Castle, Del.; John Paul Jones, President of Tower & Turbine Technologies LLC in Austin, Tex.; Bryan Lee, President of Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc. in Hellertown, Pa and …

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NATE highlights really remote tower site access

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a breathtaking video on the topic of operating snow tracked vehicles to access tower sites in remote locations. The video, the latest to make its debut as part of Volume 2 of the NATE Climber Connection series, is designed to emphasize the exciting opportunities available in the industry for those workers …

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College football coaching legend Lou Holtz to keynote NATE UNITE 2018’s conference

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that legendary college football coach, prominent motivational speaker and best-selling author Lou Holtz will deliver the keynote address at the NATE UNITE 2018 Conference in Nashville, Tenn.  NATE UNITE 2018 will take place February 19-22, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. NATE UNITE is widely regarded as the premier and most …

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FedEx Ground’s safety chief is President Trump’s pick to lead OSHA

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Scott A. Mugno, vice president for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance at FedEx Ground in Pittsburgh, Pa., has been nominated by President Trump to be assistant secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Whereas the former chief of OSHA, David Michaels, came from academia, Mugno comes from a safety-centric organization that has more than 100,000 fleet vehicles and more …

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Tower Family Foundation highlights its incredible results

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In an act of transparency, the Tower Family Foundation, a 501c-3 non-profit, today touted the organization’s strong financial management and stewardship track record in an industry-wide announcement. Independent certified public accounting firm Vilhauer, Raml & Snyder LP calculated that the Tower Family Foundation’s administrative expenses for the year ending December 31, 2016 as a percentage of total revenue was 3.36%. …

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NATE’s STAR Initiative participants represent the gold standard for safety and quality

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced the member companies who have been formally approved to participate in the STAR Initiative program for the 2017-2018 year. The NATE STAR Initiative is currently entering its seventh year and is the Association’s signature program designed to help companies operate safely and recognize tower contractors, owners and carriers who voluntarily adhere to …

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Copyright accusations fly as Washington adopts its extensive telecom safety standard

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The State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) adopted their Safety Standards for Telecommunications, Chapter 296-32, on Monday with a Jan. 1, 2018 effective date for the comprehensive 106 pages of rules. Industry associations had challenged some of the major inclusions, but the final version released yesterday saw mostly definition changes, and clarity revisions that do not require …

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NATE unveils DAS video featuring Super Bowl LII venue at U.S. Bank Stadium

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) video as part of Volume 2 of the popular Climber Connection series. The video was released at the NATE Wireless Industry Network (WIN) Great Plains Regional Conference in Bloomington, Minn. The fast-paced video highlights the explosive growth of DAS and the essential role this technology plays …

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Northeast wireless regional safety summit features all-star speakers

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Turnkey Safety Solutions has announced the lineup for its exciting keynotes and panels for the Northeast Wireless Safety Summit (NEWSS). Many of the speakers are safety professionals, insurance experts and other prominent members of the wireless community interested in promoting the importance of safety, training and the most modern techniques for protecting workers from the inherent hazards. The event is …

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Tower techs’ repack role and frontline disaster activities heralded before Congress

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National Association of Tower Erectors Chairman Jim Tracy provided key testimony today before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing, taking the opportunity to stress the important role that tower technicians play in maintaining America’s communications. The subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), conducted the hearing (video below) entitled “The Broadcast Incentive Auction: …

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Hardened sites and resupply keep downed cell sites from Hurricane Harvey at 365

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Even though flood waters are rising, there was only one additional cell site out of service today from yesterday as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s relentless rainfall in Texas and Louisiana. Carriers are attributing it to hardened cell sites and their disaster recovery plans that have intensified following previous hurricanes such as Sandy in 2012. There are 4.7% of the cell …

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Tower climbers have the ideal opportunity for the greatest solar eclipse photographs

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The total solar eclipse on Mon., Aug. 21, 2017 will be visible along a narrow strip of approximately 70 miles wide, spanning from Oregon to South Carolina. The first industry company where employees can walk outside their office and take in the first total solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. coast-to-coast in 99 years is Slatercom of Salem, Ore. beginning …

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Shenandoah Tower Service is acquired by Site Resources

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Site Resources LLC (SRI), owned by H&N Holdings LLC (H&N) has purchased Shenandoah Tower Service Ltd. (STS) out of Staunton, Va. in an asset purchase deal. STS’s CEO, Dave Anthony, a long-time safety advocate and active supporter of the National Association of Tower Erectors and the Telecommunicati6ons Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program said, “I have spent the last five years searching …

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NATE’s WIN Great Plains September conference agenda and speakers unveiled

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The National Association of Tower Erector’s (NATE) and Wireless Industry Network (WIN) unveiled the speaker line-up and agenda for the NATE WIN Great Plains Regional Conference on Wed., Sept. 27, 2017 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Bloomington, Minn. The conference will feature dynamic speakers and informative sessions on cutting-edge industry topics. The event will also offer tremendous networking …

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Dougherty joins NATE’s Executive Committee as Secretary/Treasurer

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that Board of Directors member Kevin Dougherty has been elected to serve on the Association’s Executive Committee. NATE made the announcement at the organization’s 2017 Summer Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Dougherty, CEO of Millennia Contracting, Inc. in New Castle, Del., was elected to serve in the position of Secretary/Treasurer on …

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Safe guy wire inspections explored in NATE’s newest Climber Connection video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a Guy Wire Anchor Inspection safety video as part of Volume 2 of the popular Climber Connection series. The video was released by NATE at the Association’s 2017 Summer Conference in Kansas City, Mo. The NATE Guy Wire Anchor Inspection video provides an overview of surface inspections and dig-to-block inspections, the two …

NATE and WIN readying Great Plains regional conference on September 27

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Wireless Industry Network (WIN) have announced that they will be hosting a Great Plains Regional Conference on Sept.27, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Hotel – Minneapolis Airport in Bloomington, Minn. The conference will focus on key industry safety initiatives and offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees. “This event …

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White House says POTUS picks FCC’s top counsel to be Republican Commissioner

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As anticipated, the White House has announced that President Donald Trump has nominated Brendan Carr to fill the open Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission. Carr, a former telecom lawyer, joined the Commission in 2012 as then Commissioner Ajit Pai’s wireless public safety and international legal advisor and was then appointed in January to general counsel by Chairman Pai. …

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NATE’s all-time high membership count is attributed to benefits

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that it had established a new all-time record of 828 member companies, a continuing increase in membership that the Association has seen for a number of years. NATE’s 828th member is Construction & Telecommunication Services, Inc. of Danvers, Mass. “NATE member companies encompass all layers of the wireless infrastructure chain and …

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Sioux Falls Tower’s corporate office groundbreaking assists with its continued growth

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Employees and associates gathered to celebrate the ground breaking for the new corporate office for Sioux Falls Tower and Communications on Tuesday in Sioux Falls, S.D. President & CEO, Craig Snyder, kicked off the ceremony by talking about their humble beginnings and Sioux Falls Tower’s successes within the past 30 plus years. “Faith and perseverance have been common themes that …

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UAS focus conference features NATE’s new epic drone video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) safety video as part of Volume 2 of the popular Climber Connection series. The UAS Operations video was showcased by NATE during a main stage presentation at the 2017 Drone Focus Conference in Fargo, N.D. The 2017 Drone Focus Conference is a prominent annual gathering of …

NATE’s in O’Rielly’s corner on common sense obstruction marking provisions

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today applauded FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly for his common sense approach to the tower obstruction marking provisions currently confronting the communications tower industry. The broad-based tower marking requirements were part of the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 and mandate improved physical markings and/or lighting on towers ranging from 50’ – …

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Ed Dennis teams up with CITCA for training programs and NWSA credentialing

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Steve Wilder, Chief Operating Officer of CITCA, LLC in Bradley, Ill has announced that Ed Dennis has joined the CITCA family of safety professionals. A well-respected name in the tower safety industry, Dennis will serve as an instructor for CITCA classes, and will oversee CITCA’s coordination with NWSA certification programs. He previously served as Director of Safety and Training for Pinpoint Towers in …

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NATE releases its Anchor Inspection/Safe to Climb Protocol document

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released its long-awaited  Anchor Inspection/Safe to Climb Protocol document to assist workers and owners in assessing whether a structure’s anchor system is in a condition that could easily cause a catastrophic incident. Corrosion, an electrochemical process, returns refined steel back to its native state, and a lingering question in the tower industry …

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NATE, Sen. Thune commemorate tower techs, the ‘muscle’ behind the nation’s networks

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) this morning unveiled a commemoration declaring Thursday, May 11, 2017 as Tower Technician Appreciation Day. This day has been set aside by NATE to coincide with OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down Week in order to pay tribute to the important work that tower technicians conduct on a daily basis to enable a mobile society. NATE …

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CCA and NATE partner to offer key industry tracks at their conferences

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The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced a partnership, designed to bring new, exciting content to attendees of both CCA’s 2017 Annual Convention, taking place October 25-27 in Fort Worth, and NATE UNITE 2018, February 19-22 in Nashville. NATE will develop and sponsor a conference track at CCA’s event highlighting infrastructure innovators and opportunities, …

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Industry’s contractors readying for national safety stand-down

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Next week’s national safety stand-down, May 8 through May 12, to prevent falls in construction, is an ideal time for contractors and other aligned businesses to take time out to discuss the very real problem in wireless construction of civil workers and tower techs injuring themselves. And even though the industry has not had any fatalities of a wireless worker …

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NATE video stresses how riding the line is safe when using best practices

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Riding the line to reach a work station on a tower is thought by some individuals to not be the best safe practice for ascending or descending. However, as identified in the National Association of Tower Erectors’ (NATE) safety video released today – Riding the Line – the procedure is safe and there have been no incidents of injuries or …

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Repack is kick-started after FCC’s auction results are unveiled

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T-Mobile, Dish Network and Comcast were the top bidders in the incentive spectrum auction for 70 MHz of airwaves, according to an FCC announcement that will now jumpstart the nation’s long-awaited repacking efforts. The Commission now commences a 39-month transition period to move broadcast stations to new channel assignments. The first group of stations to move channels is scheduled for …

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NATE goes full bore into the beltway to address industry’s and nation’s priorities

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Timed to coincide with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s declaration of April 2017 as “Infrastructure Month”,  executives of the National Association of Tower Erectors were in Washington, D.C. last week for a series of legislative and regulatory meetings. During the productive week, the NATE delegation, consisting of Chairman Jim Tracy, Board of Directors member John Paul Jones, Executive …

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WIN’s Arizona meeting will feature Women of NATE, safety initiatives

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The National Association of Tower Erector’s (NATE) Wireless Industry Network (WIN) will be hosting a Southwest Regional Meeting on Wed., May 3, 2017 at the Hilton Phoenix Airport in Phoenix, Ariz. The event will focus on key industry safety initiatives and offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees. A feature session will be on Women of NATE (WON), presented …

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NATE spreads its wings with new technology membership category

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced that it is offering a new Technology membership category. The Association made the announcement at the 2017 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nev. this week. The NATE Technology membership category is classified for any company whose primary source of revenue is derived from the manufacturing, sales, design and use …

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Broadcast repack video is truly a must see for all tower techs

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) released a Broadcast Repack safety video during the NATE UNITE 2017 Keynote Luncheon sponsored by T-Mobile. The timely video is the second to debut as part of Volume 2 of the NATE Climber Connection series and coincides with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently concluding the bidding phase of its historic incentive auction, …

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Black & Veatch exec Martin Travers joins National Wireless Safety Alliance’s Board

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has announced that Martin Travers, Group President of Black & Veatch, has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Travers was nominated and formally appointed to serve in this leadership role during the NWSA Board of Directors meeting held in Fort Worth, Tex. on March 2, 2017. NWSA, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a national non-profit …

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NATE sets new all-time attendee, exhibitor marks at 2017’s conference

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that last week’s NATE UNITE 2017 Conference in Fort Worth, Tex, set new attendee and exhibitor records. The Association said that 1,801 individuals registered to attend NATE UNITE 2017. This total eclipses the organization’s all-time conference registered attendee total in its 22-year history, exceeding the previous attendance registration record of 1,614 at …

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AT&T’s FirstNet award in the bag rumors ignore court’s near-term expected ruling

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Rumors at last week’s Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona that FirstNet was set to award America’s first nationwide network for first responders to AT&T would require judicial clairvoyance to be accurate since the award is in an ongoing procurement process that will be decided by U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Elaine Kaplan. Oral arguments in Rivada Mercury’s lawsuit …

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Lone Survivor hero wows hundreds of NATE attendees with harrowing survival tale

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  Decorated retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell paced back and forth in front of almost 900 attendees at NATE UNITE 2017’s keynote address yesterday, effortlessly herding them from the Fort Worth, Tex. convention center to a Hindu Kush mountain top in Afghanistan in 2005 surrounded by Taliban fighters who killed Luttrell’s three team members. But through his courage, training, and …

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NWSA lauds America’s first trailblazing telecommunications tower technicians

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Workers successfully complete assessments; recognized with professional NWSA Certification The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced the names of individuals who are among the first workers to obtain NWSA Telecommunications Tower Technician (TTT) certification at an educational session that was held Tuesday in conjunction with the NATE UNITE 2017 Conference in Fort Worth, Tex. The following industry workers have obtained …

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Tower Family Foundation and NATE announce the 2017 Ernie Jones Memorial Scholarship recipient

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  The Tower Family Foundation and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today jointly announced that Elyse Massey, a junior Civil Engineering major from Evansville, Indiana, has been named as the 2017 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Through her time at the University of Evansville, Elyse Massey has …

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Executives Tracy, Miller and Little elected to lead NATE in 2017

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  The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that Board of Directors’ members Jim Tracy, Jim Miller and Ben Little were elected to serve on the Association’s Executive Committee for the upcoming year. The Association made the announcement on the first day of the NATE UNITE 2017 Conference and Exposition in Fort Worth, Tex. Jim Tracy, CEO of …

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Texas space program post says student was never in danger while climbing tower

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A representative of the Eldorado Space Program, an Eldorado, Tex. high school program that teaches students to design instrumentation packages and launch them into space, said on its Facebook page Saturday that a cover story photograph in the March edition of QST published by the National Association for Amateur Radio, represented an inaccurate, unsafe depiction of a student climbing a …

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Cover girl climber shot could send high schoolers to their death

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Commentary – The March issue of a well-respected magazine published by The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) will most likely latch onto the literal lunacy award for depicting in a photograph the most egregious tie-off violations one could imagine. In QST’s latest edition, their antenna issue, the cover shows a picture of Chase Mertz of Eldorado, Tex. climbing a …

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Wireless infrastructure movers and shakers to converge in Fort Worth

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NATE UNITE 2017, the National Association of Tower Erectors’ annual conference, to be held Feb. 27 through March 2 in Fort Worth, Tex., is expected to rival a record-setting number of visitors to the event that is clearly regarded as the largest and most comprehensive show in the U.S. for the wireless infrastructure industry. The exhibition is already breaking last …

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NATE releases an updated detailed resource for tower site drone usage

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released the 2nd Edition of the NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure resource document available to all interested parties at no charge. The newest edition of this valuable safety resource is a by-product of collaboration between the NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee and other prominent representatives from the commercial …

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NATE brings to life new ANSI/ASSE A10.48 standard with a polished video presentation

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a safety video highlighting the new ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard. The video is the first to debut as part of Volume 2 of the NATE Climber Connection series. The A10.48 Standard – Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures has been described as a game-changer …

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NATE’s free Train-the-Trainer and Fall Prevention Worker training courses available

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) will be facilitating one Train-the-Trainer Course and twelve Fall Prevention Worker Training Courses throughout the United States in 2017. NATE is pleased to offer these training courses free of charge to members and non-members, and anticipates that the sessions will achieve the Association’s objectives of having a nation-wide impact, helping small businesses establish …

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NATE elects three incumbents and new board member Randel Scott

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released the official results of the 2017 Board of Directors election, announcing that candidates Jim Tracy, CEO of Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Wash.; Jim Miller, President of EasTex Tower, LLC in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Ben Little, CEO of Centerline Solutions, LLC in Boulder, Colo. were re-elected and will retain their …

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NATE: Commercial vehicles are now exempt from hours of service/log book requirements

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) gave an early industry-wide Christmas present to the nation’s contractors this morning with its announcement  that its discussions with federal transportation officials has resulted in an important clarification of existing regulations that will provide critical relief related to companies’ commercial vehicles operations. NATE recently worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier …

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NATE UNITE 2017 is offering a number of optional courses

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The National Association of Tower erectors is suggesting that you maximize your time during the NATE UNITE 2017 event February 27- March 2 in Fort Worth, Texas by receiving additional training all in one location. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a first-time attendee, these courses offer additional training at a reasonable cost. At this year’s NATE event, the …

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What you need to know about the new tower safety consensus standards

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Subject matter experts Don Doty and Gordon Lyman conducted a live NATE webinar yesterday, entitled Game Changers! What You Need to Know About the New ANSI/ASSE A10.48 and TIA 322 National Tower Safety Consensus Standards. Through a coordinated and collaborative effort led by NATE, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE); along with other key …

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Trump’s election might have kayoed OSHA’s new tower industry regs

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The election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president may provide ancillary benefits to contractors and stop – or at least delay – new OSHA regulations directed at the wireless construction industry that were expected to be proposed in 2017. According to John Newquist, a former OSHA assistant regional administrator from Chicago, it is likely that the new administration …

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Concerns about anchor corrosion detailed in new NATE video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled an Anchor Corrosion video as part of the Association’s acclaimed Climber Connection campaign. The video provides detailed information on the conditions and factors that contribute to anchor corrosion on guyed-towers. The video also includes practical testimonial footage from a tower climber highlighting the options available to the industry to mitigate and …

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NATE’s new WIN program will serve the wireless landscape with 60 ambassadors and liaisons

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A national and international who’s who of 60 industry movers and shakers will be chaperoning the success of the Wireless Industry Network (WIN), a coast-to-coast grassroots program designed to promote the National Association of Tower Erectors’ (NATE) regional, state and local efforts, support existing state and national wireless organizations and facilitate communication between all stakeholders in the wireless industry. NATE …

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Newest STAR Initiative contractor participants unveiled by NATE

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced the member companies who have been formally approved to participate in the STAR Initiative program for the 2016-2017 year. “Companies involved in the STAR Initiative program have demonstrated that they are the cream of the crop and this year’s participants certainly live up to the high standards NATE has established through …

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New ANSI/SSE A10.48 standard now available for purchase from NATE

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) A10.48-2016 Standard is now available for purchase on the Association’s website. The A10.48 Standard – Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures is a game changer for the industry as it has …

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NATE releases safety video on night climbing precautions

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a Night Climbing Safety Video as part of the Association’s popular Climber Connection campaign. The video highlights practical safety tips for conducting elevated work at night and includes insightful testimonial footage from a tower climber discussing the extra steps and precautionary measures that must be incorporated at the tower-site when working …

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Safety exec Kyle Fulton passes, but his legacy to the industry lives on

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Update: September 19, 2016 – Services for Kyle Fulton who passed away Friday will be held on Oct. 1, 2016 at the Irvington Methodist Church, 30 N. Audubon, Indianapolis Ind. with visitation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a memorial service from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Kyle Fulton, 48, a well-respected and dedicated industry safety executive, passed away …

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Lone survivor to provide message of courage, honor and patriotism at NATE UNITE 2017

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that decorated Navy Seal and renowned author Marcus Luttrell will deliver the keynote address at the NATE UNITE 2017 Conference in Fort Worth, Tex. on March 1, 2017. On June 28, 2005, Luttrell and SEAL Team 10 were assigned to a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah, a high-ranking Taliban …

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Free lanyards aren’t going to solve safety on monopoles after Lad-Saf sleeve recall and shortages

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When Capital Safety/3M introduced their new vertical safety cable sleeve last March, the Lad-Saf X3, industry rumors circulated amongst some safety professionals and distributors that the use of legacy Lad-Saf sleeves could have resulted in a few serious injuries and deaths, either through product defects or misuse. But those could have been easily dismissed as anecdotal. In June, a number …

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NATE unveils RF and antenna identification safety video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a RF & Antenna Identification Safety Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. The video outlines the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) guidelines for maximum permissible RF exposure limits in both controlled and uncontrolled environments. The segment also features testimonial footage of a tower technician discussing the thermal and …

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NATE responds to the ‘game changing’ ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard

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On Aug. 3, 2016, Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the A10.48 Standard, Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures, the first voluntary national consensus standard strictly dedicated to protecting workers in the communications tower industry. Although the standard has yet to be published, National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) Executive Director Todd Schlekeway, said …

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A long overdue game-changing tower safety standard is finalized

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The long-awaited game-changing ANSI standard, A10.48-2016 – heralded as being the first comprehensive standard encompassing the entire wireless construction, service and maintenance industry, and clearly living up to its expectations – has been finalized, according to the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and other individuals knowledgeable of its completion. The 107-page standard, although currently not available for purchase, is …

Pennsylvania Wireless Association and NATE host popular networking reception

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  Last night, the Pennsylvania Wireless Association (PWA) and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) partnered to co-host a wireless industry networking reception. The event was held at the Sienna Mercato Italian Restaurant’s Il Tetto Rooftop Garden in downtown Pittsburgh. The reception venue is renowned for boasting some of the best and most unique views of the “Steel City”. The PWA-NATE event was …

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Successful 300-foot heat exhaustion rescue performed by tower tech’s co-worker

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Update: July 27, 2016 – According to crew leader Harold Finley, the tower tech that was rescued this afternoon, about 2:30 p.m., was 24-year-old tower climber Terry Thompson who had a number of years of experience in the industry. His rescuer was Bernard Holly. In a news report, Finley said, “All the Glory goes to God.” According to the FCC’s database, the …

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NATE’s weather conditions video couldn’t be any timelier

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Weather Conditions Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. With extreme heat warnings being issued across the nation today, it provides a timely opportunity to review it and ensure that you and your co-workers remain safe. The video features testimonial footage of a tower technician discussing the …

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FCC’s new sweeping Spectrum Frontier rules will open up 11 GHz of spectrum

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The FCC today adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the United States the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. Building on the successful, flexible approach to spectrum policy that enabled the explosion of 4G (LTE), these rules set a strong foundation for the rapid …

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New NATE video emphasizes the gravity of not respecting gravity

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Gravity Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. The video features testimonial footage of a tower technician articulating the importance of respecting gravity at all times when working in the communication tower industry. The video also includes practical safety tips for industry workers to follow in order …

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Texas techs and others network at NATE’s regional confab

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has reported that the second NATE Regional Meeting held on Tues., June 7 at the Texas Star Golf Course Conference Center in Euless, Tex. was a tremendous success. The meeting focused on key industry safety and health initiatives and offered excellent networking and professional development opportunities for meeting attendees. “This was such a successful …

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Safety and engineering icon Ernie Jones receives TIA’s first CEO Award

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On Tuesday evening during the Telecommunications Industry Association’s VIP Dinner in Dallas, Tex., TIA CEO Scott Belcher presented the organization’s first TIA CEO Award to an industry leader who wasn’t in attendance, but was in the indelible and kind memories as well as the hearts of an overflow group of friends and associates who gave a long standing ovation to …

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Unmanned aerial systems safety resource unveiled by NATE

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today the release of a resource document entitled Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure. The safety document, available here, is a by-product of collaboration between the NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee and other prominent representatives from the commercial UAS industry. The resource represents NATE’s efforts to educate the wireless …

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Successful exhibit floor at WIA’s record-high attendance conference

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Although the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) said that they anticipated that they would have approximately 3,000 attendees prior to the show, and a spokesperson said that the crowd broke a record attendance, he could not provide a count today of actual attendees. Last year, according to the WIA, the show had more than 2,000 registrants. A number of exhibitors said …

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NATE’s tower inspection video covers multiple practical tips

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Tower Inspection Safety Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. The Association unveiled the video at the 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas, Tex. The video highlights practical safety tips for industry workers to follow when performing tower inspections. The video includes both ground-based and aerial footage of …

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OSHA issues workplace injury reporting rule alongside a chorus of concerns

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on Wednesday designed to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. A number of trade groups and professionals believe that it will create more harm than the intended benefits OSHA anticipates it will provide. OSHA currently requires many employers …

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Connie Aasen retires, Bob Irving inspires and ExteNet acquires

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Well-known and talented marketing professional Connie Aasen has retired from Sabre Industries as the company’s Vice President of Marketing, a position she held for five years during one of the company’s greatest growth periods. Her roots with the company go back to 2001 when she was hired as the multi-discipline firm’s marketing manager. As a member of its trade show …

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Participating in the stand-down? Let us give your company a plug

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This week’s national safety stand-down to prevent falls in construction’s goal is to reach 5 million workers. If OSHA meets that goal, they will have touched more than half of the construction workers in the country. That count will double last year’s 2.5 million workers. Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the stand-down. In …

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Professionalism of tower climbers emphasized in new NATE safety video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Professionalism Video as part of the Association’s Climber Connection campaign. NATE unveiled the video at the 2016 Wireless West Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The video includes a testimonial from a tower climber discussing the characteristics that make up a professional elevated worker in the industry. The video highlights the important role …

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Wireless industry tackles needed improvements for failing safety climb systems

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Officials from the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), which aims to promote worker safety, quality and efficiency within the wireless infrastructure industry, gathered representatives from wireless carriers, tower companies and safety climb system equipment manufacturers to hold a Safety Equipment Manufacturers Summit to maximize the critical role safety climb equipment plays in protecting climbers. The purpose of the gathering …

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NATE highlights its successful conference with the release of hundreds of photographs

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has provided over a half million descriptions of the tremendously successful conference and exhibition in New Orleans, La. last February with its release today of over 550  event photographs. Although NATE’s receptions and other networking events show a great amount of comradeship, the meetings, educational sessions …

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Canada’s Structure, Tower & Antenna Council’s inaugural event is a huge success

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The inaugural Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) 2016 Conference & Exposition in Toronto, Ontario kicked off yesterday at the International Plaza Hotel with a keynote address by Bernard Lord, President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, and according to attendees and exhibitors at the two-day event, it is proving to be a tremendous success. STAC is the only …

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NATE to host South Regional Meeting on June 7 in Euless, Texas

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that they will be hosting a South Regional Meeting on Tues., June 7, 2016 at the Texas Star Golf Course Conference Center in Euless, Tex. The gathering will be the second regional event hosted by the Association over the course of the last nine months and will offer tremendous networking and professional development …

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Industry workers participate in NATE’s Ohio fall prevention training

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On Tues., March 29, the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), in conjunction with curriculum and training provider Safety Controls Technology (SCT), hosted a Fall Prevention Worker Training Course in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The course was attended by 43 industry workers representing tower service and maintenance companies located in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The Fall Protection …

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FCC auction has kicked off with NAB and NATE still ticked off

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The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) auction to buy spectrum from television stations, repack the spectrum, and then sell it to wireless providers, kicked off yesterday with broadcasters having to make a commitment as to whether and how they would participate. But a 39-month post auction deadline is seen as too compressed by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). And the …

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Training, rigging and respect emphasized in NATE’s cathead video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released a Capstan Hoist & Rigging Safety Video as part of the Association’s Climber Connection campaign. NATE unveiled the video at the 2016 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nev. The video highlights practical safety tips for selecting and utilizing capstan hoists. Additionally, the video footage includes a testimonial from …

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Thirty-four Big Easy ‘Train-the-Trainer’ graduates announced by NATE

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced the graduating participants of the Train-the-Trainer Course the Association hosted on Feb. 21 – 25, 2016 in New Orleans, La. NATE, in conjunction with curriculum and training provider Safety Controls Technology (SCT), offered a five-day course at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The course was offered free of charge to eligible …

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Big numbers released for NATE UNITE 2016’s Big Easy conference and exposition

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Record-breaking numbers of 1,614 attendees and 137 exhibitors in New Orleans last week during the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) annual conference gave credence to the impact NATE has upon providing excellent educational sessions – from safety to business development – and the show’s ability to network the industry with member companies and their suppliers. A number of event …

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NWSA outlines its excellent worker certification progress and other key developments

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) convened its 28-member Board of Governors yesterday in New Orleans, La. to discuss key action items and activities related to the organization’s worker certification program development process. The NWSA Board of Governors consists of representatives from a broad cross-section of the industry and are tasked with developing policy and overseeing the activities of the various …

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NATE and Tower Family Foundation Announce the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

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University of Evansville Civil Engineering Scholarship to honor Jones’ legacy as a sructural engineer, industry icon The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Tower Family Foundation today announced the official establishment of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The official announcement, honoring the legacy of the late Ernie Jones, …

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Jim Tracy to take over leadership of National Association of Tower Erectors

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that Board of Directors’ members Jim Tracy, Jim Miller and Kari Carlson were elected to serve on the Association’s Executive Committee for the upcoming year. The Association made the announcement on the first day of the NATE UNITE 2016 Conference and Exposition in New Orleans, La. Jim Tracy of Legacy Telecommunications, …

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Great video tips unveiled in NATE’s 100% tie-off safety video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a 100% Tie-Off Safety Video as part of the Association’s Climber Connection campaign. The video was released by the Association in advance of next week’s NATE UNITE 2016 Conference in New Orleans, La. The video highlights practical 100% Tie-Off safety tips for industry workers to follow to ensure that they are …

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Workshop panelists ferret out tower climber concerns and possible solutions

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During his opening statement at a Department of Labor / Federal Communications Commission tower climber safety workshop on Feb. 11, 2016, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that “everybody has to be proactive,” emphasizing the need to champion pre-emptive strikes by all wireless industry stakeholders in order to continue to improve upon a lower climber fatality rate that was achieved in 2015. …

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Northeast wireless safety confab’s attendance increases at second summit

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) played a significant role at today’s 2nd Annual Northeast Wireless Safety Summit in Tarrytown, N.Y.  The popular industry event, organized by HPC Wireless Services, consisted of a series of keynotes and panel sessions and was attended by wireless stakeholders from throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions who have a keen interest in enhancing …

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FCC and DOL’s tower climber safety and apprenticeship program’s workshop agenda set

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As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) and Department of Labor’s (DOL) efforts to reduce communications tower-related fatalities and injuries, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announce the agenda for their upcoming workshop on tower climber safety and Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). As …

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NATE releases PPE inspection safety video as part of Climber Connection campaign

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‘When in doubt, take it out!’ The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Inspection Safety Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. The video highlights practical safety tips for industry workers to follow when inspecting the required PPE associated with working at heights on a communications towers. The video includes …

Northeast Wireless Safety Summit presentations announced for Feb. 4, 2016 event

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HPC Wireless Services, a wireless telecommunications platform company servicing the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, has announced the agenda for their 2nd Annual Northeast Wireless Safety Summit (NEWSS), taking place from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Tarrytown, N.Y. The NEWSS program includes panels, keynotes and demonstrations addressing the safety issues and …

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Former OSHA construction safety chief believes some companies see agency’s fines as a ‘business cost’

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Jim Maddux, Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Directorate of Construction, retired at the end of December from the position he held since Dec. 20, 2010. During his leadership at OSHA he was instrumental in creating a serious conversation about climber safety in America, and shepherding new proactive initiatives targeting the telecom industry. He began his carrer with OSHA …

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Canada’s carriers, tower contractors, riggers and others to benefit from the formation of STAC

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Although Canada has enjoyed an enviable reputation for climber safety, nine industry businesses wanted to make sure it stayed that way, and even got better, and formed the Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) that will officially launch its membership drive next Monday. Similar to the United States’ National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), STAC will be helping its members …

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NATE’s 2016 educational campaign will also be tough on social media nonsense

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a video trailer promoting its upcoming 2016 Climber Connection marketing campaign that will combat climbers on social media whose dangerous activities set poor examples for an industry with tens of thousands of technicians who work safely. Equally as important, it will highlight safe work practices. The Climber Connection campaign was developed …

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Free February train-the-trainer and fall prevention worker training courses readied by NATE

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced the opening of the registration process for the first two Susan Harwood Training grant-enabled courses the organization will be hosting in 2016. NATE, in conjunction with curriculum and training provider Safety Controls Technology (SCT), is offering a five-day Train-the-Trainer Course from Feb. 21 to Feb. 25 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, …

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NATE members elect four incumbents and one new director to its board

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released the results of the 2016 Board of Directors election. The Association announced that candidates John Paul Jones, President of Tower & Turbine Technologies LLC in Cedar Park, Tex.; Bryan Lee, President of Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc. in Springtown, Pa.; Jimmy Miller, President of MillerCo, Inc. in Gulfport, Miss. and Don …

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Comp insurance is down along with project prospects for some wireless contractors

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Experience mod requirement of 1.0 or less seen as ‘ridiculous’ The good news for contractors, according to Bruce Eades, Regional President for Insurance Office of America, is workers compensation insurance premiums are going down from an average of $12 per $100 of remuneration to $6 based upon a change in NCCI Class Codes. But truly troubling news, Eades says, is …

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NATE establishes committee on unmanned aerial systems

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has announced the formal establishment of an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee. The newly minted committee will be tasked with monitoring the trends and regulatory environment associated with rapidly evolving UAS technologies and making recommendations to NATE members and the wireless infrastructure community on best practices when it comes to UAS integration. The committee …

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131 STAR Initiative companies recognized for their higher safety standards

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced the member companies who have been formally approved to participate in the prestigious STAR Initiative program for the 2015-2016 year. The Association made the announcement at the 2015 Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) Annual Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “We are thrilled with both the quantity and caliber of companies who have …

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NATE celebrates success of its first regional meeting in Illinois

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that the first NATE Regional Meeting held on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at the Kankakee Community College Banquet Center in Kankakee, Ill., was a tremendous success. The meeting focused on key industry safety and health initiatives and offered excellent networking and professional development opportunities for meeting attendees. “This was such a …

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Saints backup quarterback’s loss is still good for Verizon’s backup message

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Verizon’s newest commercial features New Orleans Saints’ backup quarterback Luke McCown in full uniform as he looks at a Verizon cell tower with a gen set on an elevated platform, as he states, “Verizon has backup generators for most of their towers, so they’re ready if the power ever goes down.” He then salutes the cell tower with his helmet and …

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NATE and industry stakeholders present at California safety conference

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) was a key participant today at the 2015 Environmental, Health & Safety International Communications Conference in Los Angeles, California. The conference, organized by the Environmental, Health & Safety Communications Panel (EHSCP), consisted of a series of high-profile sessions focused on key industry safety and health topics, and was attended by stakeholders representing prominent …

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Tower Family Foundation highlights founding donors at Vegas CTIA conference

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Companies, organizations and individuals recognized for distinguished level contributions The Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation today announced the list of founding donors who have made distinguished level contributions to the Foundation since the organization’s official launch in September 2014.  The Foundation made the official announcement at CTIA’s “Super Mobility Week” in Las Vegas, Nev. The non-profit Foundation has been …

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NATE Receives U.S. Department of Labor Susan Harwood Training Grant

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$140,000 Grant to Develop Curriculum and Provide Training for Communication Tower Industry Workers and Employers The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) to receive a $140,000 Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grant. The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive …

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New Orleans Saints partners with NATE to host high-profile events at NATE UNITE 2016

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The National Football League’s New Orleans Saints and the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that they are teaming up for several high-profile events that will be held in conjunction with the NATE UNITE 2016 Conference in New Orleans, La. NATE UNITE 2016 will take place Feb. 22 through Feb. 25, 2016 and is widely regarded as the …

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First ever NATE regional meeting to be hosted in Kankakee, Illinois in September

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) will be hosting a Midwest regional meeting on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at the Kankakee Community College Banquet Center in Kankakee, Ill. The meeting will focus on key industry safety initiatives and offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees. The meeting is open to NATE members as well as those companies …

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NWSA delivers a detailed overview of their tower worker certification program to OSHA

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In response to OSHA’s request for information regarding communication tower safety due by Monday, the National Wireless Safety Alliance provided an emphatic ‘yes’ to the agency regarding its question: Is there a need for a standardized, industry-wide training or certification program? Provided by NWSA consultant Chuck Slagle, a former Sprint EH&S executive, the safety alliance said, “The NWSA will standardize …

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Former Crown Castle chief and three key leaders to be inducted into Wireless History Foundation

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The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) announced today that it will honor four individuals at its annual awards dinner on September 8, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. The inductees are John Kelly, Brian McAuley, Larry Movshin and Sue Swenson. The key industry movers and shakers join wireless luminaries such as Marty Cooper, inventor of the cell phone …

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Former OSHA chief to discuss marijuana, e-cigarettes and other smoky things

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Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, will be presenting a free webinar on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EST to discuss marijuana laws since some states have now legalized medical marijuana and other have approved them for recreational use. Although federal law still considers all marijuana use to be illegal, there is a …

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New membership milestone of 800 for National Association of Tower Erectors

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that it has officially reached the 800 member mark, a milestone that continues to grow. SmartWave Technologies LLC, a Suwanee, Ga.-based company, has the special distinction of becoming the 800th NATE member company. The 800 member mark represents an all-time record for the Association in its 20 year history. “We are …

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Safety task force continues to make progress with numerous initiatives

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Approximately 50 members of the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force, consisting of top safety and operations executives representing wireless carriers, tower owners, OEM’s, turnkey/construction management firms and NATE, met in Irving, Tex. yesterday to discuss the continued progress of the National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard This premier skills-based worker standard is being created by the industry’s leading subject matter experts …

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Apathy abounds in the tower construction industry regarding potential safety rules

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Commentary — Last June, when OSHA floated the possibility that the agency was going to request information that would assist it in determining what additional steps it can take to prevent injuries and fatalities during tower work, some workers, employers, manufacturers and others had reservations about whether the RFI would address important tower safety issues, or be a pre-regulation proposal …

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NATE Trade show innovator is retiring while companies continue hiring

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Included in this week’s Business Briefs roundup, Ken Meador, who kindled the National Association of Tower Erectors’ trade show’s explosive growth, is retiring; Telforce Group has picked up Paul Barone to head its Dallas office; Mark Nellis joins B+T group as its controller; Christopher Felder joins the ranks of Maser Consulting; and Mitch Bateman will be leading obstruction lighting manufacturer Flash …

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Former EHS Sprint chief Slagle joins National Wireless Safety Alliance efforts

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that they have entered into a professional consulting agreement with former Sprint Environmental Health and Safety Executive, Chuck Slagle. Slagle, who recently retired from Sprint after nearly a 38 year career, will be tasked with spearheading several NWSA project initiatives and assist in getting the NWSA national assessment and certification programs to …

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NATE unveils epic 20th anniversary commemorative video

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As part of the National Association of Tower Erectors’ 20th Anniversary Celebration festivities, the Association has unveiled a commemorative video highlighting NATE’s 20 years in the industry. The video includes exclusive interviews with NATE’s original founding fathers, historical photos of communications structures and breathtaking aerial views of tower technicians working on communications towers. It’s not surprising to find unsafe climbing …

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Founding members, exhibitors honored at NATE UNITE 2015

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At the National Association of Tower Erectors’ annual convention in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. last week the organization recognized its 20-year founding members and exhibitors during the event’s most successful show which saw a record crowd of almost 1,700 attendees. Pictured at right, NATE Chairwoman Pat Cipov recognizes the trade group’s first single sheet newsletter, being held by Paul Light, …

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Sarah Palin’s topics ran from ‘wimps’ to net neutrality at NATE confab

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Former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s keynote speech at NATE UNITE 2015 on Wednesday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. provided a folksy and entertaining 36-minute reprieve from industry-related discussions that have highlighted what is being identified as the organization’s largest and most energized conference in the trade group’s 20-year history. As expected, Palin lampooned President Obama …

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Oil painting brings in $10,000 for Tower Family Foundation at NATE auction

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An original oil painting by award-winning artist Joanne Shellan from Seattle, WA, was auctioned off last night in spirited bidding that topped out at $10,000 at the Tower Family Foundation auction at NATE UNITE 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The painting, entitled “Almost Home,” depicts a silhouetted tower climber descending the last section of a tower as the sun sets …

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Doty, Reski honored at NATE’s largest conference in 20 years

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The National Association of Tower Erectors today honored Don Doty, Vice President of Operations at Velocitel, Inc. in Cedar Hill, Tex. and Kevin Reski, President of Great Plains Towers in West Fargo, N.D., during the Founding Member Luncheon at NATE UNITE 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The conference, which began yesterday, has topped attendance records for the premiere event …

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NWSA is final component for issuance of national training certifications

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Although it might be eight to 12 months or more before tower techs or foremen will be able to proudly show their training and skill-set certification card, an announcement today by the leadership of the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force identified that certification in the future will be a reality and will enhance tower safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, …

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Sarah Palin will certainly not liken climbers to caribou at NATE keynote

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When former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks before trade groups she typically tailors part of her presentation to industry-specific concerns, and most likely will touch upon tower climber safety when she talks at the industry’s largest wireless infrastructure conference for contractors and suppliers on Feb. 25, 2015 at NATE UNITE 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. There is also a possibility …

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February 13 is the last day to register online for NATE UNITE 2015

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Online registration for the National Association of Tower Erectors conference, NATE UNITE 2015, ends tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. But if you can’t register today and suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobics – those afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th – don’t be alarmed, you can register on site for what could very well be the largest attended conference in …

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Deadline to assist families of industry workers is January 31, 2015

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The Tower Family Foundation announced today that the deadline for Foundation contributions to be designated and promoted as Founding Donor Status donations is a little less than 48 hours away. “The Tower Family Foundation is encouraging all companies and individuals to make a Founding Donor distinguished level donation prior to the Jan. 31, 2015 deadline,” stated Foundation President Jim Tracy from …

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NATE issues update on the National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today provided a progress update on the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force’s National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard that is currently under development. The Task Force’s Skills-Based Training Subcommittee has completed development of a Skills-Based Training standard that outlines the minimum competencies and skills required for five foundational categories of workers in the industry: …

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NATE’s Carlson, Miller and Tracy re-elected; Little assumes board seat

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released the official results of the 2015 Board of Directors election. Candidates Kari Carlson, Chief Operating Officer of Tower Systems, Inc. in Watertown, S.D. and Winter Park, Fla; Jim Miller, President of EasTex Tower, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Jim Tracy, Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Wash. …