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National Wireless Safety Alliance announces Board of Governors leadership appointments

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has announced that Jim Coleman, National Tower Safety Manager at AT&T, and Paul Roberts, Vice President of Compliance at American Tower Corporation, have been appointed to serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively, of the organization’s Board of Governors. NWSA also announced that J. John Barker, Partner of Barker MacEntee PLLC,  Richard Cullum, Director of …

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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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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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Foremen getting unique opportunity to help set the creation of certification guidelines

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is reaching out to the industry’s thousands of tower foremen to complete a survey to provide their valuable input to ensure the new NWSA Certified Foreman Examination accurately reflects today’s work environment, regulations, and technology. This new certification for the telecommunications Industry will define a set of criteria to verify that candidates have achieved …

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SBA’s Ciarfella joins National Wireless Safety Alliance Board of Directors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Mark Ciarfella, Executive Vice President – U.S. Operations at SBA Communications Corporation, has been appointed to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The NWSA leadership made the announcement from the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s 2018 Connectivity Expo which is taking place this week in Charlotte, N.C. The NWSA, headquartered in Fairfax, …

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Tower tech’s new ‘badge of honor’ certifications detailed in NWSA video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has unveiled a video highlighting the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) worker certification programs as the second to debut in Volume 3 of the Association’s critically acclaimed Climber Connection series. The video, entitled “NWSA: A New Badge of Honor” focuses on the transformative and portable certification offerings now available in the marketplace to the …

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Industry movers and shakers to serve on National Wireless Safety Alliance Board

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Bernard Borghei, Executive Vice President – Operations and Co-Founder of Vertical Bridge, Doug Dickinson, Western Region Environmental Health & Safety Manager at Ericsson; Bruce Eades, President of USA Telecom Insurance Services; Pat Moore, Field Service Specialist at Stainless; Paul Roberts, Vice President of Compliance for American Tower Corporation; Jose Tarafa, Corporate …

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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 Technician Practical Examiner workshops to start in early 2018

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for the upcoming Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshops. NWSA will be facilitating several workshops throughout 2018, and is announcing the first two on the following dates: January 29-February 2, 2018 – Vista, CA (Hosted by Pacific Safety Solutions) February 12-16, 2018 …

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NWSA begins development of Telecommunications Tower Foreman worker certification

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) today announced that a group of nearly 40 subject matter experts, representing a broad cross-section of the telecommunications industry, are convening in Dallas, Tex. this week to begin the development process for the Telecommunications Tower Foreman certification program. NWSA made the announcement at the 2017 GSMA-CTIA Mobile World Congress Americas event in San Francisco, …

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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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Tower foreman certification credential’s program being developed by NWSA

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that its Board of Governors has approved proceeding with the development of a new certification and credential for Telecommunication Tower Foreman. The new certification will create a credentialing system for industry workers who supervise crews that work on communications structures, whether they are antenna and line crews, construction crews, or structural modification …

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Calculating the job risk online, cell tower technicians are ‘doomed’ – but it’s unlikely

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A study that has been kicking around since it was published by researchers at Oxford University in 2013, has gained a second life in the last few months after two online entrepreneurs made it easy to find out how susceptible 702 occupations were to being replaced by machines. The university report by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne was created …

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Industry applauds OSHA / FCC’s long-awaited Communication Tower Best Practices guide

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The FCC and OSHA today released their Communication Tower Best Practices guide following a concerted joint effort on industry safety when the two agencies began the initiative with a workshop in Washington, D.C. in 2014 and continued the effort with another group of industry stakeholders in 2016. Although the guide is advisory in nature, and is not a standard or regulation, …

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NWSA’s practical examiner workshops will begin on June 12

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has announced the scheduling of four additional Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program Workshops for 2017. Attending this event will allow applicants to both complete their practical exam to become certified as a Telecommunications Tower Technician and to become an NWSA-accredited Practical Examiner. As a Practical Examiner, individuals will be authorized to administer practical exams to …

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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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TIRAP and NWSA are tied at the hip regarding a safe, qualified workforce

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  Two key industry organizations are continuing to collaborate to achieve common goals of a safe, skilled and qualified telecommunications workforce. Officials from the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA), which signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year, met recently at the Safety LMS training facility in  Austin, Tex., as part of …

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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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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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MacEntee named safety alliance’s executive director, Trego and Cook join staff

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  The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Duane MacEntee has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. MacEntee replaces Chuck Slagle who has retired from his position as NWSA Executive Director and is transitioning to a consultancy role within the alliance. “NWSA is thrilled to welcome Duane MacEntee as our new Executive Director,” stated President Don …

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Carriers and towercos plan for enforcement of new tower technician certifications

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Nationwide NWSA certifications mark historic milestone for the communication tower workforce The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced the official launch of two industry-wide certification programs, Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTT-1) and Telecommunications Tower Technician 2 (TTT-2), and carriers and tower companies have informed Wireless Estimator that they are assessing when they will require full certification compliance of all technicians …

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Black & Veatch’s Benjamin Afton appointed to safety alliance’s board of governors

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  The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Benjamin Afton, Safety & Health Manager for the Telecom Business Line with Black & Veatch in Overland Park, Kan., has joined the organization’s Board of Governors. Afton was appointed to fill one of the seats reserved for the Large General Contractor sector of the industry. “The wireless construction industry is …

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NAB’s Sam Matheny appointed to Wireless Safety Alliance’s Board of Governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Sam Matheny, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), has joined the organization’s Board of Governors. The organization made the announcement from NWSA stakeholder meetings that are being held in Dallas, Texas this week. The NWSA is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization …

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TIRAP sets goals for telecom workforce development, safety standards at CTIA

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The Executive Board of the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) met during the annual CTIA Super Mobility conference this week in Las Vegas as part of the group’s ongoing mission to champion workforce development issues within the U.S.’s telecommunications industry. Board Chairman Scott Kisting said the board discussed multiple issues facing the telecommunications sector and committed as a group …

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Verizon Exec Laurie Gebhardt joins National Wireless Safety Alliance Board of Governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Laurie Gebhardt, Director – Network Engineering and Operations at Verizon Wireless, has joined the organization’s Board of Governors. The NWSA’s leadership made the announcement at the 2016 CTIA Super Mobility Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. The NWSA is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization that has been established to provide …

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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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Safety alliance continues efforts to launch tower tech certification programs in December

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) convened its 28-member Board of Governors today in Pittsburgh, Pa. 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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NWSA honors AT&T, Black & Veatch and Teltech Communications as meeting sponsors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has recognized AT&T, Black & Veatch and TelTech Communications today for their instrumental role in hosting and sponsoring the recent NWSA Subject Matter Expert Task Force meetings that were held in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. From December 2015 through June 2016, the NWSA Telecommunications Tower Technician Task Force met at three venues to work on …

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State by state industry deaths analysis provides a linch pin for continuing dialogue

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For 13 years, Wireless Estimator has been compiling data on industry-related fatalities, and presented that information last month to a dozen public and private safety professionals for analysis to see if there are any common threads that could be explored to reduce tower climber deaths. The only commonality, however, was that although there were 116 fatality incidents since 2003, assigning any significance based upon …

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Tower tech beta testers needed to evaluate upcoming written exams

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is seeking qualified volunteers who are willing to take part in a beta test of the Telecommunication Tower Technician Certification exams on June 30, 2016 in Dallas, Tex. The ideal candidates to take the beta test are those individuals who are currently working as tower technicians and who have received at least some formal …

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Chuck Slagle hired as executive director of National Wireless Safety Alliance

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today the hiring of wireless industry veteran Chuck Slagle as the organization’s Executive Director. Slagle, who previously served the NWSA in a consulting capacity, is a former Sprint Environmental Health & Safety Executive with over 38 years of experience in the industry. The NWSA’s leadership announced the hiring at the 2016 Wireless Infrastructure …

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From Whoop! to knots, task force moves forward with tower tech certification development

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) convened 35 industry leading subject matter experts this week to continue the assessment and certification development process for the Telecommunications Tower Technician I (TTTI) and Telecommunications Tower Technician II (TTTII) programs. The intensive NWSA task force meetings occurred over a three-day period and were hosted by AT&T at the AT&T Center for Learning in …

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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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NWSA job task survey concludes with industry workers receiving gift cards

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today the winners of the Job Task Analysis Survey Response prize drawings. The NWSA recently concluded an industry-wide Job Task Analysis (JTA) survey of telecommunication tower technicians to ensure that NWSA’s technician exams reflect today’s work environment, regulations, and technology. The JTA survey is a required part of the process to ensure NWSA’s programs achieve …

Safety alliance spreads its message at Las Vegas’ IWCE 2016 confab

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) hosted a Town Hall Meeting Wednesday at the 2016 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nev.. IWCE is a popular annual event for communications technology professionals in the working world. Over 7,000 individuals attend from a diverse group of industry professionals including government/military; public safety (law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical & 911); …

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Tower tech survey plays a vital role in developing future certification requirements

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that it is conducting a Job Task Analysis (JTA) of telecommunication tower technicians to ensure that NWSA’s technician exams reflect today’s work environment, regulations, and technology. The JTA survey is a required part of the process to ensure the NWSA’s programs achieve ANSI ISO 17024 accreditation, which is the premier accreditation for personnel …

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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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First climber death in 2016 reported in Iowa after tech falls from Hamilton County tower

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The Hamilton County Iowa Sherriff’s Department has confirmed that a 28-year-old tower technician fell to his death yesterday at approximately 4:45 p.m.  from a cell tower. The man has been identified as Stefan Watermann who was employed by Tri-State Tower of Marion, Ia. A spokesperson said that Watermann lived in Anamosa, Iowa. The investigation is underway into finding the cause. …

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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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FCC Chairman’s zero fatality message is clear even with slightly different fatality count

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Thursday’s message at the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the Federal Communications Commission workshop was loud and clear as stated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “The industry that provides world-class wireless service must have world-class safety for its employees and contractors. Period,” said Wheeler in his opening remarks during the half-day session (video available here) at FCC headquarters in …

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TIRAP and NWSA accord will enhance wireless worker skills development and unify titles

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Two leading wireless industry organizations that are separate in their structure, one an apprenticeship training program, the other an accreditation organization, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will allow them to work together toward the goal of developing one aligned body of knowledge with common job position titling based on input and coordination between both groups. The Telecommunications …

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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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NWSA subject matter experts continue their tower technician certification program efforts in Texas

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) convened its distinguished group of leading subject matter experts this week to continue the assessment and certification development process for the Telecommunications Tower Technician I (TTTI) and Telecommunications Tower Technician II (TTTII) programs. The intensive NWSA task force meetings occurred over a three-day period and were hosted by AT&T at the AT&T Center for …

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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 …

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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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Safety LMS’s new leadership greatly expands its tower training methods and locations

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Safety LMS, a tower construction safety training company headquartered in Austin, Tex., has announced it has expanded its capabilities with a new leadership team and additional locations for training. Under new ownership, 39-year tower industry safety expert John Paul (JP) Jones has taken over as President of Safety LMS  with 25-year industry veteran Jimmy Hurt as Vice President and Director …

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NWSA introduces Rigger and Signalperson certification programs

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today the official introduction to the wireless industry of CCO Rigger and Signalperson Certification programs. The programs have the distinction of becoming the first two assessment and certification offerings available to the wireless industry’s workforce through the NWSA. Training and certification, when done correctly, have been shown to improve productivity, reduce accidents, save …

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Court rules that AT&T will stand trial in tower injury lawsuit along with other defendants

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AT&T, Inc. was denied its request last week to be removed from a personal injury lawsuit brought by Thomas Jeglum, 26, against the company in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania after the California tower tech suffered serious injuries when he fell in 2013 from a stealth tower site in Allentown, Pa. while performing an AT&T Mobility LTE upgrade. Judge John M. …

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Industry experts readying testing process for tower technicians’ certifications

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FDH Velocitel’s Don Doty Selected as Presiding Chairman of Test Development Task Force The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) convened a distinguished group of the industry’s leading subject matter experts in Dallas, Tex. this week to begin the test development process for the Telecommunications Tower Technician I (TTTI) and Telecommunications Tower Technician II (TTTII) certification programs. The NWSA is a …

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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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Pregler and Larsen elected to oversee the guidance of safety alliance’s committees and initiatives

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) unveiled the organization’s Board of Governors leadership team today in an industry-wide announcement. Art Pregler, Director of National Cell Site Programs at AT&T, will serve as the Chairman of the NWSA’s Board of Governors. Phil Larsen, President of Telecommunications Services at HAZON Solutions, will serve as the Vice Chairman of the organization’s Board of …

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National Wireless Safety Alliance’s Board selected to guide assessment and certification programs

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) unveiled the organization’s inaugural Board of Governors roster today in an industry-wide announcement. The NWSA is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization that is under development to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and …

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Safety alliance reaches out to tower techs and appoints two climbers to their Board of Governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Ed Owens from Broken Arrow Communications in Sacramento, Calif. and Kevin Schmidt from Sioux Falls Tower and Communications in Sioux Falls, S.D. have been selected to fill the tower technician seats on the organization’s inaugural Board of Governors. Owens and Schmidt were selected from a competitive applicant pool of 22 candidates …

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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’s new web site will benchmark alliance’s growth

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) unveiled the organization’s official informational website. NWSA is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization whose mission statement is to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers …

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National Wireless Safety Alliance moves forward with NCCCO partnership for certifications

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) announced today that they have entered into a professional partnership for the development and administration of nationally accredited certification programs. The partnership puts the NWSA a strategically important step closer to rolling out their certification programs for tower technicians expected to be  available sometime …

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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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NATE submits its OSHA tower safety comments as Monday’s deadline looms

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has submitted its formal comments to OSHA’s Request for Information on Communication Tower Safety which ends on Monday, June 15, 2015. The trade group’s response to the RFI ‘s questions can be viewed here. “The Association’s responses to the questions outlined in the RFI reflect NATE’s role as the industry leader in safety, standards …

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Wireless safety alliance seeks tower techs to serve on its inaugural board of governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that it is seeking nominations from qualified tower technicians to serve in leadership roles by filling several available seats on the inaugural NWSA Board of Governors. The NWSA is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization that is under development to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable …

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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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Safety group begins branding its approaching skills-based training efforts

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) unveiled the organization’s official logo during a presentation last week at the 2015 International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. The NWSA is a non-profit assessment and certification organization that is being created to serve as the governance entity of the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force’s National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard. The mission …

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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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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: …