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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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Severely injured tower workers now eligible to receive scholarships

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The Tower Family Foundation announced today that the eligibility criteria for its scholarship program has been expanded to include severely injured or permanently disabled tower workers. The revised scholarship guidelines are effective immediately and will ensure that eligible tower workers who sustain serious injuries on the job can now receive a Tower Family Foundation scholarship to continue their post-secondary education …

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Trainer of thousands of climbers passes peacefully after doing what he loved

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Thousands of the industry’s tower technicians arrive home safely every night because of their training by ComTrain Senior Instructor Coda William Witt, who passed away on Thurs., April 21, 2016 at age 71 while on a camping trip in Arizona. According to ComTrain President Zane Windham, Witt had trained more than 2,500 climbers after joining the tower safety training organization …

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Safety trainer CITCA lands Jocko Vermillion to expand their services

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Steve Wilder, Chief Operating Officer of CITCA, LLC of Bourbonnais, IL has announced that Jocko Vermillion will be joining the safety training organization effective April 18, 2016. Well-known in the tower safety industry, Vermillion will assume the role of Vice-President of Safety Management Services.  In that role he will work with both CITCA clients and with clients of CITCA’s sister …

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Co-worker assists in tower tech’s rescue in Maryland

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Update: April 7, 2016 – “The employee in distress informed the other crew members that he was in need of assistance and the other crew members immediately began the process to assist him off of the facility,” Steven Weber of Network Building + Consulting (NB+C)  said in a statement to The Enterprise.  The worker was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, …

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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 …

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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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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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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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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Tower tech training program assists ex-offenders in putting their lives back together

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Last month’s inaugural class of eight graduates of the Wireless Field Engineer Training Program, a collaboration between the Safer Foundation, a Chicago, Ill. non-profit organization helping criminals with records to become employed, and a Chicago cell site development contractor, MTM Technologies, are fully charged for their new career, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. Although MTM’s managing director, …

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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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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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Ten days later, an unaligned Texas “tower” worker’s fall is still being reported

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Commentary – When a Texas NBC affiliate posted a short breaking news bulletin on their website on Feb. 3, 2016 with the headline: “Emergency crews respond to man falling from tower on FM 54 in Hale County,” the link was immediately pasted on tower-industry Facebook groups. One social media poster even misinterpreted the headline and re-posted that the man fell …

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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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Australian tower tech’s death is a sad reminder of lower international fatalities

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A tower tech fell to his death from a communications tower in Australia today, according to a local news report that stated he was 43-years-old and died after falling off of a structure near Adelaide River around 4:00 p.m., but offered no additional information. The worker’s death accents what appears to be a safer environment throughout the world for tower …

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Counterfeit RF training certificates join other tower tech false credentials

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Counterfeit certificates have been a frequent headache for many of the industry’s fall protection trainers for many years due to high resolution printers and a few tower technicians’ Photoshop skills. In at least two climber fatalities, cards found in the deceased’s wallets were not identified as being accurate by the issuer. False radio frequency safety training certificates have also surfaced, …

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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 …