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Bogus BLS averages put larger wireless contractors at a greater risk of being red-flagged

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Avetta and other compliance vendors continue to use the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data to initially assess the safety culture and performance of wireless contractors through metrics such as the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) average. Compliance vendors red flag contractors if their TRIR exceeds the BLS’s current TRIR averages, even though they are aware …

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Windy City Tower Techs resolves OSHA fatality investigation with zero citations relating to accident

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Windy City Tower Techs, LLC (“Windy City”) suffered an unfortunate fatality incident on September 3, 2021 at a monopine telecommunications tower in Olympia Fields, Illinois. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) conducted a comprehensive investigation into the incident. Importantly, OSHA found no violations relating to the fatal accident. During its inspection, OSHA learned that the employee was not …

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DigitalBridge surpasses its fund target by over $2.3 billion in commitments

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DigitalBridge Group, Inc. has announced that DigitalBridge Investment Management, the firm’s investment management platform, has closed its second flagship fund, DigitalBridge Partners II, LP, with $8.3 billion in commitments, surpassing its original target of $6.0 billion. The Fund received strong demand from a diverse, global group of new and existing investors, resulting in an over 100 percent re-up rate from …

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Proposed OSHA heat stress rule should be looked at from a tower climber’s elevation: NATE

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OSHA states that it is aware that 70% of heat-related deaths and serious illnesses occur within the first few days of work, and upwards of 50% occur on the first day of work for workers who have not been acclimatized to hazardous heat, and recommends a reduced schedule of strenuous work in outdoor or indoor settings. The agency believes that …

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Supreme Court blocks Biden’s Covid vaccine and testing mandate for large contractors and vendors

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The Supreme Court today blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a vaccine or testing mandate for large employers, allowing wireless contractors and suppliers with over 100 employees to not adhere to OSHA’s vaccine Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Although there were guidelines that should have been in place following the January 10 deadline, two large contractors had not required the testing …

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DISH Chairman Ergen and FCC’s Carr added to NATE UNITE’s stellar lineup of keynotes and presenters

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association announced today that DISH Co-Founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr will participate in a Q & A Keynote Fireside Chat at the NATE UNITE 2022 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The keynote session will be moderated by prominent industry analyst Jennifer Fritzsche, Head of North American Telecom and Digital Infrastructure …

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Audax picks up controlling interest in Centerline Communications, buoying acquisitions

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Audax Private Equity (“Audax”) announced today that it has acquired a controlling interest in Centerline Communications LLC (“Centerline”), a leading professional services organization focused on the design, build, and maintenance of wireless and wireline network infrastructure from Wincove Private Holdings, LP (“Wincove”) and Stone-Goff Partners (“Stone-Goff”). This transaction took place in August 2021 and terms of the transaction were not …

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Mo Katibeh, AT&T’s network infrastructure build chief, moves to RingCentral’s cloud

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RingCentral, a provider of global enterprise cloud communications, video meetings, collaboration, and contact center solutions, today announced that Mo Katibeh, former Chief Product Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for AT&T Business, will join the company as Chief Operating Officer on January 18, 2022,, reporting to founder, chairman and CEO Vlad Shmunis. Katibeh has managed a portfolio of businesses with $36 …

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New NATE Director Santee joins reelected Directors, Cobb, Dougherty, Lee and Miller

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association released the official results of the 2022 Board of Directors election. The Association announced that Jessica Cobb, Chief Executive Officer of MDTS in Ortonville, Michigan, Kevin Dougherty, President of MILLENNIA CONTRACTING, INC. in New Castle, Delaware, Bryan Lee, President of Lee Antenna & Line Service, LLC in Springtown, Pennsylvania and Jimmy Miller, President of MILLERCO …

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DISH Network appoints John Swieringa as its new wireless prexy as pressures mount to launch in Las Vegas

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DISH Network has named John Swieringa as President and Chief Operating Officer of DISH Wireless. In this expanded role, he will be responsible for all operational aspects of DISH’s wireless business including the deployment and management of DISH’s virtualized, O-RAN 5G broadband network. Swieringa also will continue to lead DISH’s retail wireless business, and oversee day-to-day wireless activities. The Sweiringa announcement comes at …

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The 10 biggest wireless infrastructure news stories of 2021 can be distilled down to one

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In assessing Wireless Estimator’s Top 10 News stories in 2021, there were dozens to choose from pertaining to safety, fatalities, 5G infrastructure, COVID-19, workforce shortages, and Dish’s ambitious buildout. However, there was one story that dwarfed all others in readership and its ability to shape 2021 and beyond – NATE’s full-court press in exposing and championing its core contractor members’ concerns regarding …

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Verizon welcomes the new year with a fireworks display

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On New Year’s Eve, firefighters responded to a cell tower that was on fire at West 2nd Street, City of Gulf Shores, AL. According to city officials, the fire was immediately extinguished and emergency service communications were not affected. The 150-foot monopole, constructed in 2006, is owned by Verizon and managed by American Tower Corp. It is unknown if maintenance …

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Women of NATE’s education scholarship application deadline is just weeks away

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Women of NATE’s (WON) deadline for student scholarships is right around the corner and WON Chairwoman Andy Page Lee of Lee Antenna & Line service is urging the industry to share this deadline with students in your family, your coworkers and your colleagues. “We are very excited to support four women with their educational goals,” said Lee. The WON Education …

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Unionization of tower training company provides CWA with a foot in the door they intend to exploit

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In the past few months, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) has been quietly attempting to unionize wireless contractors and has made inroads with employees of two mid-sized companies, according to sources who have informed Wireless Estimator of the CWA’s efforts. Today, the CWA made its intentions known by spearheading their campaign with a press release announcing that workers at …

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Only one tower was damaged during Kentucky tornados: FCC report

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According to the FCC’s Disaster Information Reporting System’s (DIRS) report yesterday, only one cell site was out due to damage from the deadly tornadoes that devastated numerous Kentucky communities last weekend, destroying over 1,000 properties, including facilities of two industry manufacturers. Although there were an additional 9 cell sites out, 8 of them due to transport issues and 1 out …

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Black & Veatch recognized among ‘Best of the Best’ in Michigan workplace safety, health

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Reflecting its unwavering championing of safety protocols, Black & Veatch proudly announces it has received the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program in Construction (MVPPC) STAR Award – the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (MIOSHA) highest honor involving workplace safety. The award, open to all Michigan employers, recognizes companies determined to be the “best of the best” in demonstrating exemplary safety …

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World Tower facilities demolished by tornado as neighbor Drake Lighting is mostly spared

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President Joe Biden visited Mayfield, KY today, a town that was rendered unrecognizable after tornadoes brought death and destruction to the area over the weekend. Residents affected by the tragic event called for funds for recovery. During a press conference Biden pledged that federal aid would continue to flow and said that the damage was the worst that he had …

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Unless you are a tower tech, T-Mobile wants to ensure that no employee is left behind

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Commentary – T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert received a round of thanks from his employees and future job applicants when he announced on Friday, “Every single employee at T-Mobile, even our newest team members just starting to build their skill base, should have a competitive wage. So, we have decided to implement a nationwide minimum pay at T-Mobile of at least …

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RF signage placement row heads to NJ court after landlord refuses T-Mobile site access

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After a 24-year contractual relationship with a Brunswick, NJ building owner, T-Mobile Northeast LLC says in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey that 390 George Street Associates refuses to allow the carrier to perform modifications that are allowed in their lease and is prohibiting T-Mobile access to their rooftop equipment. In their complaint, T-Mobile requests …

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Senate confirms FCC Chair Rosenworcel to a new term, the first woman to lead the agency

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The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel in a 68-31 vote as the first appointed female chairperson of the FCC. Rosenworcel had been acting chairperson since January. Tuesday’s action means the FCC narrowly avoided a Republican majority, which could have happened if Rosenworcel’s current term was allowed to expire at the end of the year.  “It is a tremendous honor …