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Hundreds of tower techs told ‘squeezed’ workers could benefit from CWA Tower Climbers Union

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Last month, 11 employees of QualTek’s Nevada location filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRF) for a union election for admittance to the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, the first-ever company to ask for representation. During a Tower Climbers Union/CWA national town hall yesterday that took advantage of many wireless workers being off on Sunday afternoon, …

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NATE and OSHA encourage participating in a national safety stand-down next week to prevent construction falls

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association is urging its members and all wireless industry companies and stakeholders to actively participate in next week’s OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. NATE and OSHA are requesting that employers set aside time throughout this week to facilitate safety meetings and activities in order to have an open discussion with their …

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Five years prison term given to tower tech who killed his brother-in-law during Iowa motel brawl

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An Oklahoma tower technician has been sentenced to five years in prison for the beating death of his brother-in-law of 12 years in the parking lot of a Sioux City, Iowa motel. Jordan Kaesemeyer, 36, of Marlow, Oklahoma, was sentenced on March 8, 2022, after pleading guilty in September to involuntary manslaughter for the June 2020 death of Justin Morrison, …

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Tower tech is seriously injured after falling from an unknown height inside a Florida water tower

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The condition of  26-year-old tower technician Brandon O’Neil of Orlando, FL is unknown after he fell from an unknown height inside a water tower in Palm Coast, FL, on Tuesday evening and suffered serious injuries. A Flagler County press release said that the technician “was atop the tower when he fell approximately 120 feet,” which is being repeated in media …

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Thirty-year-old tower tech passes after falling from 400-foot tower in Ontario

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Canada, frequently identified as one of the safest countries for tower climbers, had a fatality yesterday when a 30-year-old tower technician fell to his death in the Township of Minden Hills, Ontario. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Haliburton Highlands OPP was contacted by Haliburton County Paramedic Services (EMS) for a worker who had …

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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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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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OSHA will be inspecting a dissolved air conditioning company when investigating a Texas tower tech’s death

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OSHA has identified the contractor they are investigating following the death of a Texas tower technician, Steven Rankin, 53, after falling from a tower on November 17 in Garrison, TX, as reported yesterday by Wireless Estimator. The inspection information released this morning states that Weiman Air Condition & Electrical, Inc. was the contractor that was managing the Verizon installation project …

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A 1099 crew’s 53-year-old tower technician falls to his death from a Verizon tower in Texas

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UPDATE: December 2, 2021 — OSHA has released the contractor’s name that the agency will be investigating. Wireless Estimator has been able to confirm today the death of a 53-year-old tower technician in Garrison, TX on November 17. The fatality came to light when tower technician Chris Sanders posted on a Facebook group: Sad day on the tower today! He …

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Rivet concern has DBI-SALA issuing a stop use and inspection notice on self-retracting-lifeline

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3M Fall Protection has issued a Stop Use Alert on specific versions of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ Self Retracting Lifeline with Anchor Hook. 3M Fall Protection has identified a very low potential for the lifeline to be assembled with an unformed top swivel eye rivet, but an improperly formed rivet may become displaced from the top swivel eye. An unformed rivet may …

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Contractors rebelling against ‘take it or leave it’ matrix pricing that could easily endanger carriers’ 5G builds

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In 1999 when The Matrix opened in theatres, carriers and towercos began utilizing matrix pricing to project CapEx budgets for macro sites, while still allowing acceptable margins and opportunities for contractors to continue to be successful. Fast forward 22 years. The Matrix Resurrections sequel will hit the big screens this December and it is expected to be hugely profitable, unlike …

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Veterans and tower techs will benefit from $3.2 million raised by T-Mobile and wireless industry companies

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T-Mobile recently announced a staggering $1.4 million distribution to be shared equally by the Tower Family Foundation (TFF) and Warriors4Wireless (W4W) following the 8th Annual T-Mobile Golf Tournament. With 47 corporate sponsors supporting the event, the two benefactor organizations have now received more than $3.2 million from the annual fundraiser. “The T-Mobile Tournament achieves at least two results each year,” …

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Bud Noel and Patrick Murphy appointed to Tower Family Foundation’s Board of Directors

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Bud Noel, Senior Vice President of Operations for the U.S. Tower Division of American Tower in Boston, Massachusetts, and Patrick Murphy, Founder and CEO of Murphy Tower Service, LLC in Carlisle, Iowa, have been appointed to serve on the Tower Family Foundation’s Board of Directors. Noel and Murphy join the Tower Family Foundation Board comprised of industry veterans devoted to …

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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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The unvarnished Tennessee truth: Trained tower techs will save lives

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The nation’s tower techs take pride in their work and their ability to safely rescue a fellow worker if the occasion ever arises. Most techs will spend their career never having to perform an emergency rescue on a tower, but when it’s necessary, it’s nice to know that the men and women working alongside you have you covered. Such was the case …

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NATE takes off the gloves and exposes depressed pricing and other issues making contracting ‘untenable’

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Downward pricing pressure and costly vetting demands from carriers and other top-tier clients over the years have undermined the ability of many wireless contractors to remain profitable. It’s a frequent topic of concern and conversations typically end with no solutions or guidance and are renewed each year when turfing vendors and other customers set a new percentage price reduction that …

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Lack of training kills a high school day laborer climber and his employer claims it was his own fault

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Lakaram Karanjeet was working part-time for Rise & Rise Wireless, Inc. while he was in high school. He died on June 28, 2019 when he fell from this New Jersey 150-foot monopole.  An investigation by Wireless Estimator into a lawsuit brought against multiple defendants exposes a wireless construction contractor that had no safety programs in place, few owned assets and …

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Plaintiffs settle for $3.2 million in 2018 Missouri tower collapse that killed company owner

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Missouri State University and other defendants have reached a $3.2 million settlement in a 2018 deadly television tower collapse in Fordland, Missouri. The Springfield News-Leader reports the university’s attorney, Rachael Dockery, notified the school’s governing board of a “global settlement” in all the lawsuits filed about the incident. According to court documents, on March 10, 2021, a letter was presented …