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MSA Latchways fixed ladder fall arrest units require inspection for missing locking pin

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MSA is calling for an inspection notice regarding the locking pin on certain MSA Latchways® Guided Type Fall Arresters (GTFAs) that were manufactured between February 16, 2021 and January 30, 2024. Additional information is available here. In addition to other fixed ladder systems, workers might find the system installed on fixed ladders where the top rung of the ladder extends …

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If you’re a tough tower tech, you have four months to get ready for some serious competition

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  North Jackson, Ohio is set to host the adrenaline-pumping 2nd Annual Tough Tower Competition on June 8 and 9, promising a record turnout and an electrifying showcase of prowess and agility. This year, the competition intensifies with eight dynamic teams of two tower technicians each, hailing from across the United States, ready to face off in a thrilling display …

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Injured tower tech rescued after falling from a “rat’s nest” tower site outside of Chicago

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A tower tech is in stable condition after falling approximately 15 feet off a 65-foot monopole yesterday that sits atop the 125-foot tall Frankfort Grainery tower in Frankfort, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.  At approximately 2:00 p.m., the Frankfort Fire Protection District received a 9-1-1 call that a tower tech had fallen and had a broken arm.   After arriving at …

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Petzl’s safety alert asks the industry to inspect certain GRILLON products manufactured in the last quarter

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Petzl is requesting that the industry inspect certain GRILLON products following the detection of ropes mounted incorrectly in the rope adjuster of recently produced GRILLON products. In such a case, the product does not perform its blocking function, which can result in a risk of injury. They are requesting to  immediately stop sales and use of GRILLON products manufactured between October and …

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OSHA ditches hard hats for helmets, possibly leading to a requirement for all construction workers to adopt their move

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With data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealing that head injuries accounted for nearly 6 percent of non-fatal occupational injuries involving time away from work in 2020, OSHA is taking proactive steps to protect its employees. Traditional hard hats, in use since the 1960s, primarily safeguarded the top of a worker’s head but offered limited side impact protection and …

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Unable to unionize tower crews, CWA tells Arizona it wants broadband ‘done right’ but the state is a step ahead of them

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) appears to have been unable to negotiate their first Tower Climbers Union collective bargaining agreement with QualTek Wireless after QualTek closed their wireless Henderson, Nevada office that employed eight eligible tower technicians, the majority voting to join the union in May of 2022. With dozens of offices operating throughout the nation, QualTek would have been …

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Petzl Astro Bod Fast, Sit Fast and Canyon Guide harnesses quarantined and should be inspected

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Following the detection of a defect on the metal D gated ventral attachment point of a harness, Petzl is requesting that all customers quarantine and inspect the ASTRO BOD FAST, ASTRO SIT FAST and CANYON GUIDE harnesses. The company said due to the risk of unintentional opening of this attachment point, which could result in an injury or life-threatening situation, …

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NATE highlights 192 companies that are participating in the STAR Initiative and NATE-OSHA-FCC Partnership

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today announced the member companies who have been formally approved to participate in the STAR Initiative program and the NATE-OSHA-FCC Partnership program for the 2023-2024 year. NATE has proudly accepted 192 participating companies in this year’s STAR Initiative program and 157 participating companies in this year’s NATE-OSHA-FCC Partnership. The STAR Initiative will be entering …

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‘Real world’ lanyard testing video shows concerns that will be detailed in upcoming NATE SEMC white paper

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association unveiled a video today highlighting a recent fall arrest lanyard testing event that the Safety Equipment Manufacturers Committee (SEMC) held at the University of Dayton Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio. The #ClimberConnection video conducts a deep dive into SEMC’s protocols and procedures that were implemented to test fall arrest lanyards by replicating how they …

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Comtrain and SafetyLMS’s partnering will provide a powerhouse of curriculum and training

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Comtrain USA, a training organization with a rich history in the telecommunications industry has joined the parent company of SafetyLMS, a top training provider in industries including telecom with a particular focus on tower safety. Comtrain, a brand synonymous with training in the wireless tower industry, offers courses in tower and safety rescue, rigging, operating capstan hoists and ascenders and …

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Passionate about tower safety, CITCA offers TATE training at no cost to stop human trafficking

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CITCA has announced that the company has partnered with the TATE Initiative (Telecommunications Against Trafficking & Exploitation) to begin implementing their RAN (Recognize And Notify) certification training into their climbing, rescue, and rigging programs. The certification program only takes about 30 minutes to complete and is available at no charge. You can easily take the training course on the CITCA website, available …

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One size PPE can’t fit all, says OSHA chief Douglas Parker, requesting to hear from all sizes of stakeholders

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to clarify the personal protective equipment standard for the construction industry. The current standard does not state clearly that PPE must fit each affected employee properly, which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s general industry and maritime standards do. The proposed change would clarify that PPE must fit each …

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Incline acquires GME Supply as the company positions itself for additional product lines and growth

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Platte River Equity, a Denver-based private equity firm, announced the sale of GME Supply Co. to Incline Equity Partners. GME is a premier critical worker safety and productivity supplier distributor to field-deployed technicians serving multiple infrastructure end markets. “Platte River’s investment played a pivotal role in the acceleration of our growth and development. We are confident that Incline shares our dedication …

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NATE’s work zone protection safety video is a must view for ground level projects

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association announced today the official release of a video on Work Zone Protection. The video, the second to debut in Volume 6 of the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection series. The video shines a spotlight on the safety best practices associated with Work Zone Protection, specifically relating to the appropriate use of temporary traffic control devices, proper …

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OSHA, media and the CWA routinely and inaccurately portray the wireless industry as the ‘most dangerous’

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Commentary — In 2006, after exhaustive research, Wireless Estimator identified cell tower climbers had the most dangerous job in America, exposing a death rate per 100,000 workers of 115.2 based upon approximately  8,700 workers within the industry. The data was obtained, in part, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lagging 2004 data, based upon ten fatalities, later revised to …

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The backstory of a teen tower climber rescue: It took a village

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A Fox 8 News viewer yesterday afternoon sent Wireless Estimator an email with a link to an article on the Ohio TV station’s website that a 15-year-old boy had been rescued off of a 190-foot cell tower. With few details, it stated, “As the fire department’s ladder was not tall enough, rescuers had to put together a climbing crew, which took a …

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Fatal fall of a 29-year-old tower tech from a 300-foot Louisiana tower is industry’s first 2022 death

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OSHA is investigating the death of a 29-year-old tower technician who fell from a guyed tower in Florien, LA, late Friday afternoon. According to multiple sources interviewed by Wireless Estimator, Jose Garcia, a resident of Mexico, fell from an unknown elevation off of a 300-foot tower owned by SBA Communications of Boca Raton, FL. The site is located off of …

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Offering no standards guidance, CWA says safety bulletin ‘threat’ has the tone of an ‘irate boss’

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Tower Climbers Union has jumped on the carabiner bandwagon of concern regarding a recent NATE advisory bulletin on July 20, 2022, that stated, “Carabiners are NOT intended for rigging applications involving material handling and overhead lifting,” after a LinkedIn article said that the ANSI A10.48 standard allows carabiners to be used if they are “specifically classified by the manufacturer …

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Contractors warned using carabiners for material rigging applications could suspend future work

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Industry stakeholders have issued a warning that no matter how strong a carabiner is, companies using them for material handling and overhead lifting could see a loss of work when their jobs are shut down. NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association said today that on July 13, 2022, the organization became aware of an article titled “Rigging is a Dynamic …

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3M issues a product advisory on two DBI-SALA harnesses

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Product advisories have been issued for two select DBI-SALA harnesses that have the potential to have performance issues. The company emphasized that their notices were not a recall. The DBI-SALA® ExoFit™ XP Arc Flash harnesses, manufactured between January 1, 2005 and July 1, 2021will safely arrest a fall, but you should not use the select harnesses in an environment or …