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NATE Unveils Small Cell and DAS Deployment Resources

NATE today released several resource documents related to small cell and DAS deployment activities. The Association released a Small Cell/ODAS Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Form and a Venue Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Form that are intended to help guide industry workers to perform this work safely and efficiently.

The resources were developed by NATE’s Small Cell and DAS Deployment Committee which was established to create resources and provide guidance to the Association on network densification and related work activities. The NATE Small Cell and DAS Deployment Committee consists of the following members:

Patrick Bardone, Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC; Johnny Bean, B + T Group; Joshua Broder, Tilson Technology Management, Inc.; Brandon Griffiths, T-Mobile; Lindsey Johnson, Vertical Limit Construction, LLC; George Kerstetter, Verizon Wireless; Dan Marks, Crown Castle; Ryan Peters, Legacy Telecommunications, Inc.; Curtis Smith, MasTec Network Solutions; Kris Waked, Synergy Concepts, Inc.

“The industry is evolving at a rapid pace and small cell and DAS technology plays a vital role in terms of densifying networks and enhancing connectivity,” said NATE Small Cell and DAS Deployment Committee Member Ryan Peters from Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. “Through resource development and consultation, members of the Small Cell and DAS Deployment Committee are committed to ensuring that this work is conducted in a quality manner,” added Peters.

The NATE Small Cell/ODAS JSA Form can be downloaded HERE. The NATE Venue JSA Form can be accessed HERE. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com.


NATE Announces 2018 Rigger Awareness Training Dates and Locations

The National Association of Tower Erectors has announced the dates and locations for the 2018 Rigger Awareness Training Courses. Rigger awareness training courses will be hosted nationwide in 2018 and will be offered free of charge to attendees due to a Susan Harwood Training Grant (SH-31235-SH7) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

Throughout 2018, NATE is planning to host these complimentary, grant-enabled training sessions in Hartford, Connecticut; Nashville, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Eagan, Minnesota; Los Angeles, California; Portland, Oregon; Malvern, Pennsylvania; Charlotte, North Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; Detroit, Michigan; Lakewood, Colorado and Irving, Texas. SEE DATES BELOW

The industry-specific Rigger Awareness Course curriculum will be focused on introducing workers and employers to rigging terminology, rigging equipment and proper use, rigging inspections, rigging related hazards, crane signals and industry reference materials/standards. The training is organized into six sections that include the following subject topics:

Section 1: Introduction to NATE and OSHA
Section 2: State of the Industry
Section 3: Construction Planning, Stakeholders and Resources
Section 4: Anatomy of a Rigging Plan
Section 5: Lift Systems, Forces and Equipment Components
Section 6: Executing the Rigging Plan

The training will also include information regarding employee and employer rights and responsibilities under the OSH Act of 1970, whistleblower complaint procedures and protection provisions.

“Rigging is an essential element of communication tower work, yet deficiencies still exist when it comes to the use of proper rigging procedures at tower sites,” stated NATE Curriculum Development Committee Member Richard Cullum from Crown Castle. “The Rigger Awareness Training Program presents a practical application of the rigging requirements that we believe will have a significant positive impact on worker safety and quality,” added Cullum.

“I would encourage all industry employees and employers interested in participating in the Rigger Awareness Training sessions to register soon as interest in the program is in high demand,” said NATE Curriculum Development Committee Member Justin Huggins from Enertech Resources, LLC.

Interested participants should complete the accompanying Rigger Awareness registration forms for the training location in their region on the Association’s 2018 Worker Training Course website page.


Rigger Awareness Training Course
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
Marriott Hartford/Windsor Airport
28 Day Hill Road
Windsor, Connecticut 06095
Registration Open
Rigger Awareness Training Course
Monday, February 19, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST
Gaylord Opryland Resort
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Registration Open
Rigger Awareness Training Course
Thursday, March 22, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
Vertical Limit Construction
915 Blue Gentian Road
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
Registration Open
Rigger Awareness Training Course
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PST
J.W. Marriott at LA Live
900 West Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90015
Registration Open
Rigger Awareness Training Course
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
Sheraton Portland Airport
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, Oregon 97220
Registration Open
Rigger Awareness Training Course
Thursday, May 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
Penn State Great Valley
30 E Swedesford Road
Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355
Registration Open
Rigger Awareness Training Course
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown
508 E MLK Jr Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Registration Open
Rigger Awareness Training Course
June 2018
Orlando, Florida
Registration Information Coming Soon
Rigger Awareness Training Course
July 2018
Louisville, Kentucky
Registration Information Coming Soon
Rigger Awareness Training Course
Thursday, August 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, Michigan 48243
Registration Open
Rigger Awareness Training Course
Thursday, August 23, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MST
Holiday Inn Lakewood
7390 W Hampden Ave
Lakewood, Colorado 80227Registration Open

Rigger Awareness Training Course

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
Double Tree DFW Airport North
4441 W John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75063Registration Open

NATE Elects 2018 Board of Directors

The National Association of Tower Erectors has released the results of the 2018 Board of Directors election. The Association announced that candidates Kevin Dougherty, president of MILLENNIA CONTRACTING, INC. in New Castle, Delaware; John Paul Jones, president of Tower & Turbine Technologies in Austin, Texas; Bryan Lee, president of Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc. in Hellertown, Pennsylvania and Jimmy Miller, president of MillerCo, Inc. in Gulfport, Mississippi were re-elected and will retain their seats on the NATE Board of Directors.

Shama Ray, owner and CEO of Above All Tower Climbing in Bonne Terre, Missouri, was also elected to serve as a new member of the Board of Directors.

The five candidates who were elected by their industry peers will officially begin their two-year terms on February 17, 2018 at the NATE UNITE 2018 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Association also acknowledges the contributions of retiring two-term Board Member Don Train, president of Train’s Towers in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. Train will be honored at the NATE UNITE 2018 Conference for his service.


NATE Highlights Remote Tower Access

By The Editors of AGL

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released a video on the topic of operating snow tracked vehicles to access tower sites in remote locations. The video, the latest to make its debut as part of Volume 2 of the NATE Climber Connection series, is designed to emphasize the exciting opportunities available in the industry for those workers who pursue a career as a tower technician. The video series is an integral component of the Association’s workforce development outreach to promote the profession and recruit new workers into the industry.

As the weather turns and snowfall is prevalent in certain regions of the country, the Remote Tower Access video provides a detailed overview on the planning practices, safety protocols and operational procedures associated with utilizing a snow tracked vehicle in difficult terrain environments and during inclement weather situations.

The video also includes real-time conversations between vehicle operators and tower technicians about the hazards that can exist when utilizing snowcat vehicles to access tower sites. Additionally, the video includes drone footage of snow tracked vehicles ascending the Cascade Mountains in Washington State on a snowy day.

“I love this video as it portrays the reality of some of the remote tower sites we work at,” said Matt Uhrich, Compliance and Safety Director at Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Washington.

“Seeing a snowcat vehicle ascend a snowy mountaintop is an awesome part of the job and this video reinforces that fact along with providing important planning and operational safety tips,” added Mat Johnson from Legacy Telecommunications, Inc.     “We are fortunate to work in such a dynamic profession.”

Click HERE to watch the Remote Tower Access safety video. NATE encourages tower climbers and all wireless and broadcast industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Remote Tower Access video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages tower climbers to share their snow tracked vehicle operation and safety tips through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Climber Connection Volume 2 campaign was developed by the NATE Member Services Committee in conjunction with the NATE Safety & Education Committee and is designed to provide specific resources and communicate the Association’s message directly to the industry’s elevated workforce.

Visit HERE to access the A10.48 Standard, Broadcast Repack, UAS Operations, Riding the Line, Dig to Block Anchor Inspection and Stadium DAS videos that were previously released as part of the Volume 2 edition of the Climber Connection video series. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.

Tower Family Foundation, NATE WIN to Hold Golf Invitational

By The Editors of AGL

Get an early start to your 2018 golf season by hitting the links and participating in the Tower Family Foundation Golf Invitational. This golf outing will take place onSunday, February 18, 2018 at the Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, Tennessee. This event is powered by NATE’s Wireless Industry Network (WIN) and all proceeds raised will benefit tower workers and their families in the aftermath of an industry accident or fatality situation. Make your sponsorship and registration plans today!


Time: Registration Begins at 9:30 AM CST; Shotgun Start at 11:00 AM CST

Cost: Team of 4 – $900; Individual Golfer – $250

Golf Clubs Rental: $60

Format: 4 Person Scramble (Best Ball Rules)

Registration Fee Includes: 18-hole round of golf, box lunch at the start of the event, beverages on the course and buffet reception after the event.

Registration for the invitational may be completed online when registering for NATE UNITE 2018 or by completing the Registration Form and returning it to the NATE office. Sponsorship Opportunities: The Tower Family Foundation Golf Invitational has numerous sponsorship opportunities for your company to gain valuable exposure and contribute to a great cause.