Safety for workers whose jobs take them to wireless telecommunications antenna sites, and especially those whose tasks include climbing towers, receives elevated attention each year at the time of the National Association of Tower Erectors’ convention, NATE Unite. Tower owners, mobile network operators, tower construction and maintenance companies, executives, managers, supervisors and workers all have roles to play every day that workers spend time on towers. The programs that NATE offers contribute much to worker safety. We’re pleased to see the time and talent devoted to pursuing worker safety.
Through the National Wireless Safety Alliance, workers can obtain safety certification that travels with them when they change employers. NWSA offers two programs: Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 and Telecommunications Tower Technician 2.
The organization has plans to issue certification that 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.
It’s good to see so many leading lights in various wireless infrastructure business segments helping NWSA with its mission.
In February, the assessment and certification organization appointed many industry representatives to its board of directors. The new directors are Bernard Borghei, executive vice president of operations and cofounder of Vertical Bridge; Doug Dickinson, western region environmental health and safety manager at Ericsson; Bruce Eades, president of USA Telecom Insurance Services; Pat Moore, field service specialist at Stainless; Paul Roberts, vice president of compliance for American Tower; Jose Tarafa, corporate operations manager at Mastec Network Solutions; and Gary Trent, quality assurance engineer for U.S. Cellular.
Our thanks go to these individuals for their focus on worker safety.
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher
Don Bishop joined AGL Media Group in 2004. He helped to launch and was the founding editor of AGL Magazine, the AGL Bulletinemail newsletter (now AGL eDigest) and DAS and Small Cells magazine (now AGL Small Cell Magazine). He served as host for AGL Conferences from 2010 to 2012, appearing at 12 conferences. Bishop writes and otherwise obtains editorial content published in AGL Magazine, AGL eDigest and the AGL Media Group website. Bishop also photographs and films conferences and conventions. Many of his photographs have appeared on the cover, in articles and in the “AGL Tower of the Month” center spread photo feature in AGL Magazine. During his time with Wiesner Publishing, Primedia Business Information and AGL Media Group, he helped to launch several magazines and edited or managed editorial departments for a dozen magazines and their associated websites, newsletters and live event coverage. He is a former property manager, radio station owner and CEO of a broadcast engineering consulting firm. He was elected a Fellow of the Radio Club of America in 1988, received its Presidents Award in 1993, and served on its board of directors for nine years.