The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is now offering a Licensed Design Professional membership category. The NATE Licensed Design Professional membership category, effective immediately, is a membership category dedicated specifically to individuals who provide engineering and design services to the wireless and broadcast tower industry.
“The new Licensed Design Professional membership category will allow NATE to bridge the gap between the design community and construction community during a time of explosive growth in wireless infrastructure deployment activities across the globe,” stated NATE Board of Directors member Bryan Lee from Hellertown, Pennsylvania.
Dues for the new membership category are $500 annually and are available for individuals only. As part of the membership application process, the Licensed Design Professional is required to submit their Professional License stamp on the NATE Membership Application in the designated area of the form.
“The establishment of the individual Licensed Design Professional membership category will help create a prominent platform and voice from the design community directly to NATE at a time when industry standards continue to play a more significant role in enhancing safety and quality,” stated Member Services Committee Chairwoman Jordyn Miller from Gulfport, Mississippi. “Through the addition of this new membership category, NATE is once again demonstrating that our membership encompasses the entire wireless communications tower ecosystem,” added Miller.
National Association of Tower Erector’s (NATE) Wireless Industry Network (WIN) has unveiled the speaker line-up and agenda for the NATE WIN Great Plains Regional Conference on Wednesday, September 27 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota.
The conference will feature dynamic speakers and informative sessions on cutting-edge industry topics. The event will also offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees.
Minnesota State Representative and Assistant House Majority Leader Marion O’Neill will deliver an opening keynote address at the event entitled Preparing Minnesota for a 5G Future. Representative O’Neill played an instrumental role as the House Sponsor of the Minnesota Small Cell Deployment law that was passed during the most recent legislative session. The Minnesota Small Cell Deployment law streamlines the process for wireless infrastructure deployment and investment in the state and positions Minnesota to be a leader in the 5G economy.
Marion O’Neill is serving her third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. She represents District 29B in Wright County which includes Maple Lake, Buffalo and Monticello.
In addition to O’Neill, the NATE WIN Great Plains Regional Conference agenda will feature the following sessions and speakers:
Great Plains Regional Conference attendees will also be eligible for the event’s grant prize drawing to win four tickets to the Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens NFL football game on October 22, 2017. Conference registration also includes breakfast and lunch. Visit HERE to review the official Great Plains Regional Conference agenda.
“We are thrilled to host the upcoming Great Plains Regional Conference in the Twin Cities,” stated NATE WIN Director Scott Krouse. “Companies in the upper Midwest encompass the entire wireless ecosystem and play a prominent role in delivering the networks and related infrastructure we have all come to demand,” added Krouse.
“I am excited that NATE’s Wireless Industry Network is coming to the land of 10,000 lakes and we plan to roll out the red carpet to ensure that all conference attendees have an enjoyable experience,” said WIN Minnesota State Liaison Justin Gillette from Vertical Limit Construction, LLC.
The cost to attend the NATE WIN Great Plains Regional Conference is $75 per person. Interested attendees are encouraged to register for the conference by completing the Registration Form on the NATE WIN website.
All completed registration forms and payments should be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE; Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Friday, September 15, 2017.
Click HERE to become a Sponsor for the NATE WIN Great Plains Regional Conference! Current sponsors for the event include Sioux Falls Tower & Communications, Meridian Blue Construction, LLC, Vertical Limit Construction LLC, Tower One Inc and Tower Systems, Inc.
(Kansas City, Missouri) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a Guy Wire Anchor Inspection safety video as part of Volume 2 of the popular Climber Connection series. The Guy Wire Anchor Inspection video was released by NATE at the Association’s 2017 Summer Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
The NATE Guy Wire Anchor Inspection video provides an overview of surface inspections and dig-to-block inspections, the two types of inspection protocols utilized in the industry to assess potential corrosion on the anchors of guyed towers. The video also includes live footage and detailed analysis of a tower crew safely conducting both a surface level inspection and dig-to-block inspection at a communication tower site. Additionally, the video portrays images of the impact corrosion can have on the anchor shafts of guy wires.
“I commend NATE for shining a spotlight on the importance of conducting guy wire anchor inspections,” stated Chris Memmott, President and active climber at Triple M Enterprises in Nephi, Utah. “As guyed tower structures age and as the infrastructure continues to take on more equipment, it is paramount that tower technicians and other industry field personnel gain knowledge and experience in performing guy anchor inspections to ensure both the ultimate safety of the worker and the stability of the tower,” added Memmott.
Click HERE to watch the Guy Wire Anchor Inspection safety video. NATE encourages tower climbers and industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Guy Wire Anchor Inspection video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages tower climbers to share their anchor guy wire inspection safety tips through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Tower climbers, contractors, engineers and vertical realtors are also encouraged to utilize the NATE Anchor Inspection/Safe to Climb Protocol resource as a guideline to ensure that they are adhering to industry protocols when it comes to inspection processes. The NATE Anchor Inspection/Safe to Climb Protocol document is available to download and print HERE.
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, Riding the Line and UAS Operations 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
June 6, 2017 —
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