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3M issues Stop Use and Recall notice for Specific DBI-SALA harnesses

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As part of 3M Fall Protection’s continued commitment to producing high quality safety and personal protective equipment, we conduct periodic testing of our products. Recent testing of specific DBI-SALA® Delta™ and ExoFit™ XP Arc Flash harnesses have returned negative test results on some units. The Arc Flash Standard (ASTM F887) requires that all arc flash rated harnesses be subjected to …

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Cursing and pornography concerns prompted pipe bomb placements to destroy ‘inner city tower communication’

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A Whittemore, Michigan, man was arrested yesterday in two separate criminal complaints related to the placement of explosive packages outside cellphone stores in Cheboygan and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, announced Eastern District of Michigan Acting United States Attorney Saima Mohsin and Western District of Michigan United States Attorney Andrew Birge. Charged was John Douglas Allen, 75, who is also alleged …

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Connect (X) explains its expanded COVID safety protocols at its conference that boasts 200 speakers

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) has announced revised safety protocols for COVID-19 for the upcoming Connect (X) conference in Orlando, FL, being held October 4-7, at the Hyatt Regency. The association said the changes were a result of the State of Florida changing their practices and policies in recent days. All in-person Connect (X) attendees will now be required to …

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North Carolina tower tech’s lies unravel quickly as he’s caught red-handed with T-Mobile site coax

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A well-known social media tower tech faces a half-dozen charges in Rowan County, NC after he allegedly removed transmission lines last Thursday from a 230-foot self-supporting tower to sell them for scrap, causing an outage for T-Mobile customers, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Douglas Corbett Lee, 43, of Fayetteville, NC was charged with two counts of felony larceny, …

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An unvaccinated worker’s OSHA fine will be $13,653, but an average fatality non-compliance fine is only $7,748

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Newly proposed rules, which President Biden announced last Thursday, will require wireless industry companies with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations of all employees against the coronavirus or face weekly testing. Although the majority of businesses fall far short of more than 100 employees, there are many key companies that meet that plateau such as the major tower owners, …

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Day of remembrance includes American Tower subsidiary’s 13 employees who died on September 11

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As we mark the passage of two decades since the day that changed our lives forever, the pain will be revisited on this day of remembrance and prayer, especially for those at a tower company who knew many of those people in a sister company who died in the collapse of the twin towers on September 11, 2001. General Telecom, a subsidiary …

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India’s towercos in for a sharp tenancy decline if Vodafone Idea collapses leaving a duopoly

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American Tower’s ATC Telecom and six other leading tower infrastructure companies could see their tenancies decrease overnight if Vodafone Idea (VI), the third-largest mobile carrier, goes bankrupt and leaves India with a duopoly telecom market. According to the Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India (DCRAI) in a June report, VI lost its largest number of subscribers ever of 4.3 million …

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Cell towers prove their resilience during Hurricane Ida’s onslaught

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Yesterday evening’s Hurricane Ida FCC outage report saw a marked improvement of the number of cell tower outages in the affected areas in Louisiana, dropping to 8.7% from its peak on Aug. 30, 2021 of over 52%. Out of a total of 2,759 sites, only 241 remained out of service. Communications outages for the Category 4 Hurricane will be later …

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Tornado takes out an ATC 150-foot monopole as Ida winds its path of destruction through the northeast

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An American Tower Corp. (ATC) 150-foot monopole collapsed Wednesday when a Hurricane Ida-spawned tornado tore through Upper Dublin Township in Pennsylvania. Although the structure was designed and constructed in 2008 with a basic wind speed of 90 mph as required EIA/TIA-222 Rev. G, the structure was no match for the EF-2 tornado that touched down in the township with winds …

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AT&T claims an above average restoration percentage as carriers bring sites back up in Louisiana

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Through the dedicated resources of the men and women on the front lines providing logistics and services, cell site outages in Hurricane Ida-affected parishes in Louisiana have been reduced to 28.5%, from Tuesday’s 38.1%, according to the FCC’s September 1, 2021 daily communications report. Within a day, hard-hit Assumption Parish went from an outage of 94.7% to 42.1%, with Terrebonne …

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Carriers spin their outages as 38% of Louisiana’s cell sites remain crippled

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The FCC reported yesterday evening that Hurricane Ida is still taking its toll on communications, although outages are down from Monday’s report. Louisiana was the hardest hit state with 38% of its sites down in the affected parishes yesterday. Although outages were previously at 52%, Assumption and Terrebonne Parishes are still at or near 100%. There were only 3 damaged cell …

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Louisiana’s tallest tower collapse adds to Ida broadcasting outages

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A 1,999-foot tower owned by iHeart Media and broadcasting its FM station KVDU collapsed in Vacherie, LA after Hurricane Ida trounced the state with high winds. Only the bottom 160-feet remain standing. No injuries were reported by iHeart. Cumulus Media also shares the tower with WZRH-FM. The structure is located in St. James Parish where the FCC’s most recent report …

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Ida cripples mobile service in Louisiana, taking out over half of the state’s affected cell sites

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The FCC reported yesterday evening that Hurricane Ida, roaring ashore in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 storm with a peak gust of 172 mph, just short of the strongest measured wind from a hurricane in the U.S., has taken 28.1% of the cell sites in the affected area out of service. However, that number includes counties in Alabama …

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Authorities disable signal-jamming devices in California; FCC could fine resident $112,500

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Morgan Hill, CA police said the Santa Clara County Emergency Communications Department reported a signal was “disrupting, impeding and interfering” with public safety calls, requiring an investigation. Authorities noticed interference at a communication tower for the last six months. However, in the last week, it had gotten worse, with residents reporting disruptions to Wi-Fi, satellite, and cell phone service. Investigators …

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AT&T’s says its network was walloped by Hurricane Ida

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Many people in Southeast Louisiana with AT&T have no phone service after Hurricane Ida tore through the area Sunday, losing about 40% of its network. Verizon said the company was “still actively assessing the situation on the ground as it is safe to do so.” Although they are seeing sites out of service in the heaviest hit areas, overlapping sites …

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It’s possible the infrastructure bill will require tower techs and other workers to receive huge pay increases

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Since the text of the infrastructure bill was released earlier this month, industry media have been surgically dissecting the limited details in the $1.2 trillion act that provides $65 billion for the nation’s broadband development. What is known is that $42.45 billion will be funneled to states to fund projects each state approves independently, if their telecommunications provider can offer speeds …

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Pittsburgh announces $10 million agreement with Crown Castle for fiber network for 131 city facilities

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Mayor William Peduto has announced an agreement with Crown Castle to provide the first unified fiber connectivity network for city facilities as part of the NetPGH initiative. Crown Castle will help connect all 131 city facilities on a single network, including EMS stations, fire stations, recreation and healthy active living centers, and critical public safety infrastructure. Connecting all city facilities to …

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You’ll love big brother watching you during the Las Vegas Tower Family Foundation charity golf event

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You can get an early start to your 2022 golf season by hitting the links and participating in the Tower Family Foundation Golf Event, Powered by NATE’s Wireless industry Network (WIN). And if you’re fortunate enough to hit a hole in one, there’s a good chance it will be recorded. This exciting and fun event will take place on Thursday, …