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NATE Wireless Industry Network to Host Great Plains Regional Conference

July 11, 2017 — 

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Wireless Industry Network (WIN) announced today that they will be hosting a Great Plains Regional Conference on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Hotel – Minneapolis Airport in Bloomington, Minnesota. The conference will focus on key industry safety initiatives and offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees.

“This event will offer great educational and networking opportunities as speakers from all facets of the wireless telecom ecosystem will present programs on cutting edge topics,” stated WIN Director Scott Krouse. Presentations will include guyed tower anchor corrosion, unmanned aerial systems, stadium DAS, legal and risk management issues within the industry, and other topics yet to be announced.

NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend this conference. The cost to attend the Great Plains Regional Conference is $75 per person which will include a continental breakfast as well as lunch. Interested attendees are encouraged to register by completing the Registration Form on the NATE website. All completed registration forms and payments should be emailed to nate@natehome.com or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE, Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Monday, September 11, 2017.

For more information on NATE, WIN and the Great Plains Regional Conference, visitwww.natehome.com.

Telecom Technical College Offers Courses in Spanish

AGL eDigest

June 22, 2017 — 

Telecom Technical College has partnered with Tower Safety & Instruction (http://towersafety.com) to provide courses taught entirely in Spanish.

“We ensure Spanish-speaking employees have no language barrier when taking the critical Authorized Climber, Competent Rigger, First AID/CPR, OSHA 10/30, and RF Awareness courses,” the college said. “These classes are taught by a bilingual instructor whom has 10+ years in the industry building, installing, maintaining, and instructing safe, quality practices.”

Websites have been created to assist OSHA and the Hispanic community at http://towersafety-espanol.com or http://towersafety-spanish.com.

According to OSHA’s training standards, an employer’s responsibility to provide employees with safety information and training doesn’t stop because an employee doesn’t understand the English language.. For more information call (480)-313-0678.

2017 NWSA Practical Examiner Accreditation Program Workshops, Register Today!

AGL eDigest

June 15, 2017 — 

The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for the upcoming 2017 Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshops.

NWSA will be facilitating the workshops at various locations around the country on the following 2017 dates:

August 21-25, 2017 – Kansas City, Missouri (Hosted by Black & Veatch)

September 18-22, 2017 – Mt. Juliet, Tennessee (Hosted by Comstar)

October 23-27, 2017 – Cedar Park, Texas (Hosted by Safety LMS)

Industry stakeholders who attend the workshops will be provided an opportunity to complete both the NWSA practical exam in order to become certified as a Telecommunications Tower Technician (TTT) while also obtaining official accreditation from the NWSA as a Practical Examiner. NWSA Practical Examiners are authorized to administer practical exams to anyone seeking technician certification from the organization.

The first two days of each workshop will be dedicated to practical exam testing and the remaining three days will be devoted to the PEAP workshop. In order to be eligible for a NWSA Practical Examiner workshop, participants must hold NWSA certification in the categories for which they plan to be a Practical Examiner. For all workshops held in 2017, NWSA is allowing workshop attendees to complete their practical exams as part of the workshop. Each workshop host site will facilitate practical testing along with NWSA Workshop Instructor, Clint Cook.

Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to complete the NWSA PEAP Workshop application and return it to NWSA via email at PE@nws-a.org. The deadline to register for one of the workshops is two weeks prior to the first day of the scheduled event.

NWSA reviews all potential participants’ applications before admission to the workshop is granted. All applications must include payment and the submission of a resume or will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. Each workshop is strictly limited to eight (8) participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

After an applicant’s workshop application is approved, they will be notified of the open time slots for practical testing and can make their request at that time. Once confirmed, NWSA will provide the candidate with their scheduled time slots for practical testing.

It is important to note that all applicants must have taken and passed NWSA’s Computer Based Test (CBT) prior to participating in the PEAP Workshop. NWSA will allow prospective participants to submit a workshop application now, but a passing score on the CBT is required before acceptance is granted for the PEAP Workshop. Interested candidates who have yet to complete the NWSA’s CBT exam are encouraged to visit HERE to register for their CBT exam as soon as possible.

Industry workers, companies and stakeholders are encouraged to visit the NWSA website at www.nws-a.org to learn more about the organization and how to begin the process of obtaining certification.

NWSA to Develop Telecom Tower Foreman Certification Credential

NWSA

June 13, 2017 —

NWSAThe National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) plans to develop a new certification and credential for Telecommunication Tower Foreman. The new certification will create a credentialing system for industry workers who supervise crews that work on communications structures, whether they are antenna and line crews, construction crews, or structural modification crews.

“The development of the Telecommunication Tower Foreman certification program is the next logical step for NWSA in our progression of offering nationwide independent and portable certification credentialing to the wireless industry’s workforce,” stated Executive Director Duane MacEntee. “The Foreman credential will complement our existing NWSA Telecommunications Tower Technician I and II certification offerings and provide a continued upward path of professional certification for workers as they gain experience.”

NWSA will be announcing an application process in the near future for interested industry subject matter experts to participate in the official Telecommunication Tower Foreman Task Force. Consistent with ANSI accreditation requirements, Task Force participants will be involved in the psychometric processes and test development activities of the NWSA’s Telecommunications Tower Foreman certification program.

NWSA launched two industry-wide certification programs: Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTT-1) and Telecommunications Tower Technician 2 (TTT-2) in December of 2016. Other assessment and certification programs NWSA will likely unveil in the future include Rigging, DAS Systems, Small Cell Systems, Broadcast Structures and Outside Plant/Fiber to the Home and Business.

Industry workers, companies and stakeholders are encouraged to visit the NWSA website at www.nws-a.org to learn more about the organization and its transformative worker certification offerings.

FCC, OSHA Tower Best Practices Guide Emphasizes Safety

June 6, 2017 — 

By J. Sharpe Smith —

Senior Editor, AGL eDigest —

The FCC and OSHA have announced the development of the Communications Tower Best Practices Guide, touting safety awareness and planning for all the entities involved in tower construction and maintenance.

“All entities should establish a comprehensive safety and health management system,” the guide said. “This system should address all of the hazards associated with communication tower work, and all companies should ensure that their safety and health management system is compatible with those requirements imposed by other companies in the contract chain.”

The collection of best practices for a safer working environment for construction and maintenance of communications towers was gathered from Department of Labor/FCC Joint Workshop on Tower Climber Safety held I the fall 2014.

“The guide is a result of the long-standing commitment of both agencies to ensuring the safety of tower workers,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and NTIA head Dorothy Dougherty said in a prepared statement. “In the spirit of good government and cooperation, our agencies have hosted workshops with input from industry stakeholders to identify and establish accepted practices for performing communication towers work safely.”

Compared with when carriers owned their own towers, the relationship between carriers and towers has become complex today, the guide said, with layers upon layers of subcontractors doing the work.

“As a result, carriers and tower owners may not know who is performing work for them, or when work is being performed,” according to the guide. “Thus, responsibility for worker safety is fractured into many layers. Instead of a single company having control and responsibility for worker safety and tower integrity, employer responsibilities can be spread over hundreds of small employers.”

As a matter of course, the guide has sections for tower climbers and ground crew workers, carriers and tower owners, turfing vendors, and tower construction and maintenance contractors.  The guide stresses that it is for informational purposes only and does not represent a new regulation or standard or legal obligation.

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) assisted the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA and the FCC in developing the guide by providing subject matter experts and other tower safety resources. It also spoke at the two U.S. DOL-FCC joint workshops on tower climber safety. NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway congratulated the agencies on releasing the guide, noting that more work needs to be done in this area.

“NATE believes it is paramount that the U.S. DOL-OSHA and the FCC continue to collaborate to host additional workshops and stay engaged with all layers of the wireless infrastructure chain to ensure that workforce safety and quality remain the top priorities,” he said.

Click here for a copy of the Communications Tower Best Practices Guide