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

In Associations News, Daily News Briefs, Training News & Initiatives by Wireless Estimator

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, paving the way for post-auction broadcast repack work to begin in the future.

The  video provides a detailed overview of the unique rules and challenges associated with conducting work on massive broadcast towers. The video also includes practical information on elevator safety tips, climbing taller structures and the additional risks involved with structural modifications on broadcast towers. Additionally, the video includes breathtaking aerial views and footage of tower technicians working on 2,000 feet broadcast towers.

“This video is a great safety resource for the industry as it prepares for the upcoming spike in broadcast tower work related to the post-FCC Incentive Auction,” said professional engineer and active climber Thomas B. Silliman, PE, President of Electronics Research, Inc. in Chandler, Ind. “Working on broadcast structures is an entirely different animal and it is paramount that workers in the industry are properly trained and qualified to conduct this work during the all-important repacking phase,” added Silliman.

NATE encourages tower climbers and all wireless and broadcast industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Broadcast Repack video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection.

The Climber Connection Volume 2 campaign was developed by the NATE Member Services Committee in conjunction with the NATE Safety & Education Committee and is designed to provide specific resources and communicate the Association’s message directly to the industry’s elevated workforce.