April 3, 2017 —
ASSE recently published two Z359 Fall Protection Standards, which cover important components of an organization’s managed fall protection program.
ANSI/ASSE Z359.2 – 2017 Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program
This standard establishes criteria and requirements for an employer’s fall protection program including policies, duties and responsibilities, training, survey and identification of fall hazards, fall protection procedures, eliminating or controlling fall hazards, rescue procedures, program implementation, incident investigation and evaluating program effectiveness.
For further information or to purchase a copy, CLICK HERE.
ANSI/ASSE Z359.3 – 2017 Safety Requirements for Lanyards and Positioning Lanyards
This standard establishes requirements for the performance, design, marking, qualification and verification testing and instructions for lanyards and positioning lanyards for users within the capacity range of 130 to 310 pounds (59 to 140kg).
For further information or to purchase a copy, CLICK HERE.
March 21, 2017
The Nevada Wireless Association (NevWa) is pleased to partner with the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) to provide a free day of education on wireless industry safety and quality. The Safety Summit will take place on Thursday, March 30 at the Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nevada. Registration is free for all attendees!
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM PST – Free light breakfast networking event
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST – Fall Prevention Working Training Course hosted by NATE
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM PST – Free participant lunch
12:45 PM – 2:45 PM PST – Fall Prevention Worker Training Course (Continued)
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM PST – National Wireless Safety Alliance Certification Process
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM PST – Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Wireless Industry
Fall Prevention Worker Training Course Hosted by NATE
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is pleased to offer a comprehensive Fall Prevention Worker Training Course for industry employees and employers. The Fall Prevention Worker Training Course is offered free of charge and is made possible due to a Susan Harwood Training Grant (SH-29596-SH6) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. This course is for all who work in the wireless industry, not just those that climb or work in the construction field. The intent is to educate everyone on the importance of fall prevention.
Course participants will learn about:
· The principles of fall protection;
· Specific hazards in the communication tower industry;
· Principles of safe climbing;
· 100% tie-off procedures and requirements;
· Tower systems;
· Inspecting PPE;
· Testing safety climb systems; and
· Developing a fall rescue plan.
The course will also include information regarding employee and employer rights and responsibilities under the OSH Act of 1970, whistleblower complaint procedures and protection provisions.
National Wireless Safety Alliance Certification
Attendees will learn about the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA), a national non-profit assessment and certification organization established to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard structures. Participants will learn about the process leading to NWSA certification and how future network deployments will be shaped by the efforts of an NWSA certified workforce.
Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Wireless Industry
This session will examine the enormous commercial potential offered by unmanned aerial systems (UAS), popularly referred to as drones. Attendees will learn about the safety and quality benefits associated with the utilization of UAS in the communications tower industry and receive an update on the current trends and regulatory environment associated with rapidly evolving drone technologies.
CLICK HERE to register now!
March 8, 2017 —
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has announced that NATE UNITE 2017 Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, set new attendee and exhibitor records.
The Association announced that 1,801individuals registered to attend NATE UNITE 2017. This total eclipses the organization’s all-time conference registered attendee total in its 22-year history, exceeding the previous attendance registration record of 1,614 at NATE UNITE 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NATE leaders also touted the record-breaking number of 153 exhibitors who participated in the NATE UNITE 2017 trade show this year. The 153 exhibitors surpasses the previous mark of 137 exhibitors for a NATE event.
“We are thrilled with the overall success of NATE UNITE 2017,” said NATE Event Coordinator Shari Wirkus. “The record-breaking numbers associated with NATE UNITE 2017 were made possible due to the tremendous sponsor and exhibitor support and the top-notch keynote speakers and educational sessions that were offered,” added Wirkus.
“NATE is excited to continue this momentum moving forward and our Trade Show Committee is already in the planning stages for NATE UNITE 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee,” stated Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “Given the trajectory the Association is on, I am anticipating another record setting event in the Music City next February,” Schlekeway said.
To read a recap of Decorated Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell’s captivating NATE UNITE 2017 Keynote address, visit the Wireless Estimator story HERE.
March 14, 2017
With the broadcast incentive auction bidding recently completed, all eyes are on the process of relocating TV stations to their new channels, known as “repacking.” And the FCC has set a 39-month deadline for the broadcasters to leave their spectrum.
During the 39-month timeline, the wireless infrastructure industry will be hustling to build towers, modify towers, attach antennas, and rework backhaul links — among other things.
If the changing of physical plant was all that had to transpire, the FCC’s repacking window would probably be adequate, but the compliance process may prove to be a stumbling block to making the deadline, Cory Crenshaw, FCC-FAA regulatory compliance consultant, Crenshaw Communications Consulting, told an audience during the NATE UNITE 2017 conference, Feb. 28, in Fort Worth. The compliance process, however, can take six to 24 months or more, she noted.
“The 39-month period would be reasonable if transitioning the broadcasters was all that you were doing, but other factors are at play that have not been accounted for, such as regulatory compliance issues,” she said. “They missed a huge piece, the compliance and waiver process, which is a red flag that can hold systems up. The compliance processes are complex and sometimes take months to years – each site must be individually evaluated.”
Crenshaw said that the repack will require work on more structures than just the broadcast tower. There might be 30 other communications structures spread out across the coverage area that feed into the network. Compliance filings may be needed for all of those structures, whether they are new towers, reinforcements, new antenna heights, lighting changes or environmental assessments.
“Every one of those towers may to need to be touched,” she said. “Those touches will require a massive volume of filings with the FCC and the FAA for repacking.”
Crenshaw: Don’t Delay Regulatory Compliance Filings
The wireless infrastructure industry must be vigilant in making its regulatory filings with the FCC and the FAA from the get-go to give it the best shot at completing the repacking process before the FCC’s deadline, Crenshaw said.
Construction permits have to be filed no more than 90 days after the Closing and Reassignment Public Notice is released. There is flexibility to expand contour coverage of applications filed in the initial 90-day window – with justification and appropriate showings.
“If you have an idea of a way to expedite the process, please file those applications as soon as possible. The FCC wants to make it as easy as possible to move forward,” she said. “The initial 90-day window is the window of opportunity for everything. If you need to file an STA [special temporary authority] or a waiver or something like that, get it in during the first 90 days. Whenever you file an STA or a waiver on a major mandate like this, you must have a really good reason, be sure to give them a documentation trail on why this is justified.
“In reality some tower owners won’t know they need to file for a waiver on the scheduled deadline or any other waiver concern until in the middle of a process,” Crenshaw added.
The first 30 days after the [Closing and Reassignment Public Notice] comes out, the industry will need to be busy doing thorough assessments of the broadcasters’ networks and what the infrastructure looks like. What changes do they really need to make? Do new towers need to be built, dishes moved around, or does the backhaul need to revamped? Once that is done, the proper paperwork should be filed with the corresponding federal agency and/or tribes as soon as possible.
EDITORS’ Note — This article was supplemented with an exclusive interview with Crenshaw.
March 2, 2017 —
FORT WORTH, Texas – Decorated Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and FirstNet President TJ Kennedy delivered keynote remarks during their respective appearances at this week’s NATE UNITE 2017 Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Yesterday, Marcus Luttrell captivated NATE UNITE 2017 attendees with his inspirational message of courage, survival, teamwork, honor and patriotism at the T-Mobile sponsored Keynote Speaker Luncheon. Marcus Luttrell is a retired Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006 by President George W. Bush. Luttrell is also the author of the best-selling book, Lone Survivor.
“Wow…..Marcus Luttrell’s impactful message was amazing and will be remembered for a long time by all of the conference attendees who were fortunate to be in the room,” stated NATE Trade Show Committee Chairman Joel Hightower of Hightower Communications, Inc. in LaGrange, North Carolina. “It was an honor to welcome an authentic American hero like Marcus Luttrell to NATE UNITE 2017,” added Hightower.
During the NATE UNITE 2017 Keynote Luncheon, T-Mobile also unveiled a video highlighting the carrier’s Military Honors and Support Community initiative that embraces the hiring of military veterans in the workplace. T-Mobile has a strong national track record of hiring employees with military backgrounds to work in the wireless industry.
On Feb. 28, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy was the featured speaker at the NATE UNITE 2017 Awards Luncheon. During his address, Kennedy provided an update on the status of FirstNet and highlighted the important role that tower contractors and infrastructure providers will play in the safe deployment of the nation’s first public safety broadband network.
TJ Kennedy was one of the first leaders to join the FirstNet team in July of 2013 and now serves as President of the organization. TJ is an experienced executive with a unique leadership background that includes technology expertise and coalition building as well as hands-on public safety experience in police, fire and emergency medical services. After starting his career in public safety, he advanced to senior-level positions in Fortune 500 companies.
“It was great having TJ Kennedy join us at NATE UNITE 2017 to update attendees on the next steps associated with the planning and future deployment of the FirstNet network,” said NATE Chairman Jim Tracy, CEO of Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Washington. “NATE members will be on the front lines helping deploy this transformative public safety broadband network and so TJ’s remarks were engaging and timely,” added Tracy.
For more updates on NATE UNITE 2017, visit www.natehome.com.