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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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NATE panel on 5G ponders future of tower climbers

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The ‘5G and Other Emerging Technologies’ session at last week’s NATE UNITE 2016 Conference discussed the next generation of wireless, what it will be used for and how it will impact companies employing tower technicians. The session featured John Celentano, wireless infrastructure consultant with Skyline Marketing Group, and J. Sharpe Smith, editor with the AGL Media Group. Celentano described the …

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A bright future predicted for wireless work by leading industry experts at NATE UNITE 2016

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As three leading industry experts gazed into their crystal balls Tuesday during their NATE UNITE 2016 presentation, “The Future of the Wireless Industry,” their consensus indicated a robust build program that could last for more than a decade. However, Clayton Funk of Media Venture Partners, Christopher Fisher, Cuddy & Feder LLP; and Robert Paige, Vertical Bridge, cautioned National Association of …

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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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Hayden and Mueller recognized for their many years of dedication to serving NATE

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) honored Kevin Hayden, President of Hayden Tower Service, Inc. in Topeka, Kan and Diane Mueller, Sales Representative for Primus Electronics in Shorewood, Ill. during an Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at NATE UNITE 2016 in New Orleans, La. Hayden was honored as the recipient of the Bill Carlson Lifetime Service Award. This prestigious award …

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NATE and Tower Family Foundation Announce the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

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University of Evansville Civil Engineering Scholarship to honor Jones’ legacy as a sructural engineer, industry icon The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Tower Family Foundation today announced the official establishment of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The official announcement, honoring the legacy of the late Ernie Jones, …

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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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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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Crew and subcontracting requirements could change with proposed OSHA/FCC best practices

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If the best practices (BPs) being developed by the Federal Communications Commission and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration are implemented nation-wide, it is likely that the industry will see a marked improvement in fatality and injury counts. It will also assist in reducing the number of companies in the industry that provide lower bids because they’re not burdened by …

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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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The FirstNet Request for Proposal: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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By Andrew Seybold The FirstNet network is needed by Public Safety, of that there is no doubt. The idea of a public/private partnership to build, manage, and operate this network makes sense and I have been very supportive of this concept since the beginning. However, over the past few weeks I have developed some serious reservations regarding the FirstNet RFP …

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TIRAP investigates life-threatening tower safety climbs, a problem that needs to be fixed

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The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), announced the release of the latest installment in the TIRAP Telecommunications Video Series: “Safety Climb Systems.” Although it’s an instructive and well-produced presentation of the important role safety climb systems play on telecommunications towers, it strikes an uncomfortable chord in identifying the number of incorrectly installed safety climbs that are in the industry …

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Tech is asking for $75,000-plus after being struck by an angle adapter

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Update: Feb. 3, 2016 – The angle adapter referenced yesterday in a lawsuit brought by a Virginia Beach, Va. Tower tech that is suing American Tower Corporation after he was struck by it after it allegedly fell from the structure, was a “cable safety boot attached to an angle adapter with bolt that wasn’t attached to [the] tower properly,” according to …

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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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Crown Castle’s chief, Ben Moreland, to hand the reins over to CFO Jay Brown

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The CEO of Crown Castle International Corp. will retire effective June 1, 2016, the Houston, Tex.-based wireless communications infrastructure provider announced yesterday during its analysts conference call. Ben Moreland will leave as the company’s president and CEO, but remain executive vice chairman of the board of directors. Jay Brown, the organization’s CFO will become president and CEO. Brown, a certified …