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Additional voluntary safety forms in next ESL version will pave the way for a safer wireless workforce

In Featured News, Safety by Wireless Estimator

For the past 11 years, the majority of the wireless construction industry has been keeping their jobsites safe and OSHA compliant with the nation’s leading Jobsite Hazard Assessment (JHA) forms that are automatically populated with emergency services information such as the nearest hospital, fire department, and law enforcement agency. The service is available at no charge and takes just minutes …

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Industry luminaries to be inducted into Wireless Hall of Fame

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The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) will induct four honorees into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame during the Foundation’s Hall of Fame Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on November 11th. This year’s inductees are: James Tracy: CEO of Legacy Telecommunications. Jim has been a leading force in tower and infrastructure construction, service and maintenance for decades. In addition to his …

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From monopoles to barber poles, NWSA adds a new certification to buoy lack of broadband funding

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President Joe Biden unveiled a $2 trillion plan yesterday to rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure dubbed the American Jobs Plan, with $100 billion earmarked to build universal high-speed broadband infrastructure. However, the White House did not say how they plan to move the package through congress, nor provide a timeline on when they want it passed. Earlier this month, 30 …

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NWSA sets dates, location for May Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshop

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for the Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshop scheduled for May 11-13, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah, hosted by Petzl America. NWSA-accredited Practical Examiners are NWSA-certified personnel who have been trained and authorized by NWSA to administer the practical examinations for NWSA …

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Grubbs, Ripp and Rodgers join National Wireless Safety Alliance Board of Governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced that Philip Grubbs, Environmental, Safety, Health, & Security (ESH&S) Manager in North America for Black & Veatch, Richard “Chip” Ripp, General Manager of Standards and Process for DISH Wireless and Jillian Rodgers, Environmental, Health, Safety, and Fleet Manager at U.S. Cellular have been appointed as members of the Alliance’s Board of Governors. In …

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NWSA announces dates, locations for Fall 2020 Practical Examiner Accreditation workshops

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Tennessee and Utah Workshops to Provide Opportunity for Participants to Obtain NWSA Accreditation to Administer Field-Based Practical Exams  The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for the upcoming Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshops scheduled for September 29-October 1, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, hosted by Comstar and October 13-15, 2020 in …

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NATE video highlights new wireless infrastructure technician program at Southeast Technical College

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today unveiled a video shining a spotlight on the new Wireless Infrastructure Technician Program at Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The video’s release is timely as community college and technical institute students across the United States head back to school for the fall 2020 semester. The video features testimonial interviews with …

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Coalition of industry organizations advocate for wireless workforce development

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A diverse coalition of influential communications industry organizations, whose members depend on a properly trained and highly skilled workforce, sent a letter to key congressional leaders in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives requesting support for industry-specific workforce development programs through stand-alone legislation or as part of a larger telecom/broadband infrastructure package. The coalition sent the letter to …

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Complī takes on industry giant Avetta to provide a risk management compliance alternative

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World-wide vendor management leader Avetta which appears to have the oil and gas and other industries locked up now has a formidable competitor in wireless, Complī, a platform available from ABIS Solutions, a leading technology firm that has made inroads with NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA). Introducing the company’s qualification and compliance software …

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NWSA to develop Spanish language telecommunication tower technician assessments

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved proceeding with the Spanish language translation of assessment tests for the Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTT-1) and Telecommunications Tower Technician 2 (TTT-2) trade certifications. MasTec Network Solutions is sponsoring the effort with a generous contribution to cover the cost of translating written tests and associated …

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Prestigious ANSI accreditation accorded NWSA and its proud Tower Technician 1 & 2 cert holders

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced it has been awarded accreditation by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), a wholly owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), for its Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 and Telecommunications Tower Technician 2 programs. ANAB’s decision to accredit these programs came after thorough analysis of test data and rigorous audits of NWSA’s …

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Fuentez, Haldane, Nicks and Siegel to join National Wireless Safety Alliance Board of Governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Paul Fuentez, Central Region Director of Environmental, Health and Safety at Ericsson, Andy Haldane, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Tower Engineering Professionals (TEP), Joe Nicks, Director of Safety for PeakNet Services and Robert Siegel, Executive Director at ENSA North America have been appointed as members of the Alliance’s Board of …

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NCCCO and NWSA launch new Telecommunications Tower Rigger Certification

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The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today the official launch of the Telecommunications Tower Rigger Level I (TTR-I) Certification Program. Established collaboratively between NCCCO and NWSA, the new TTR-I certification was adapted from NCCCO’s Rigger Level I program and specifically addresses those with responsibility for handling and moving …

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NWSA announces dates, locations for first two Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops of 2020

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for the Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshops scheduled for March 24-26, 2020 in Mt Juliet, Tennessee, hosted by Comstar LLC, and April 7-9, 2020 in Phoenix Arizona, hosted by Tower Safety & Instruction. NWSA-accredited Practical Examiners are NWSA-certified personnel who have …

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SBA sets NWSA certified climbers at 25% next year, 50% in 2021

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SBA Communications (SBA), the nation’s third largest tower owner, has released the percentages of National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) certified climbers that contractors will have to maintain when doing work on their sites. Prior to climbing any SBA structure, all general contractors and lower tier subcontractors must meet the following guidelines and dates: Effective June 1, 2020: 25% of the …

TIRAP’s Board adds T-Mobile’s Gastelum and MUTI-Sabre Industries’ Brewer

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) has announced that Heather Gastelum, T-Mobile’s senior manager for national site safety & T-Mobile for Business Development, and Stephanie Brewer, Compliance Coordinator for MUTI-Sabre Industries Telecom Services, were elected to serve on WIA’s Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Advisory Board. “The TIRAP Board welcomes Heather and Stephanie and appreciates their vision toward building a …

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Serious workforce shortage has the wireless industry and FCC pulling together to solve it

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Although it’s difficult to assess exactly how many additional trained tower technicians America needs to build out 5G, it’s clear that there is a shortage of skilled workers and Aiken Technical College (ATC) in South Carolina is helping to fill that gap with the nation’s most successful tower and wireless installation training program. After observing the ATC program in Graniteville …

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NWSA announces 2019’s first Practical Examiner Accreditation workshop in Wisconsin

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for the upcoming Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshop scheduled for April 23-25 in Mukwonago, Wisc. The workshop, the first offered by NWSA in 2019, will be hosted by ENSA North America. Registration is available here. NWSA-accredited Practical Examiners are NWSA-certified personnel …

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Three key leaders appointed to National Wireless Safety Alliance’s Board of Governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has announced that Stephanie Brewer, Compliance Coordinator for MUTI-Sabre Industries Telecom Services, Neal Brown, Department Manager of Wireless Development at Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Inc. and Sonya Roshek, Vice President, Field Services for B+T Group have been appointed as new members of the Alliance’s Board of Governors. NWSA, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a national …

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Contractor survey uncovers some startling financial statistics that could trigger a 5G train wreck

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In their drive to lower capex as they roll out 5G, carriers have created a troubling national Achille’s heel – a contractor base that has many companies swimming in debt with serious cash flow problems, according to results of an extensive nationwide survey taken by Wireless Estimator. The wireless contractor survey that was completed last quarter by 263 vetted companies, clearly indicates that …