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Bronto to Show Aerial at NATE

February 9, 2017 — Bronto Skylift, a manufacturer of truck-mounted aerial work platforms (AWPs) will be showing and demonstrating its Model S-174 XDT truck-mounted aerial platform in Booth 701 at the National Association of Tower Erectors’ NATE UNITE 2017 Conference & Exposition.  Held in Fort Worth, Texas on February 27 – March 2, the Bronto machine will be among the tallest and most versatile aerial devices ever shown at a NATE exposition.

Model S-174 XDT is a telescoping/articulating aerial device that features a 174-foot working height with a whopping 100-feet of horizontal outreach and up to 1,400-pounds capacity in the spacious 93-inch x 36-inch platform. Mounted on a go anywhere chassis, the S-174 XDT allows you to drive to a location and raise the boom to precisely place the working platform almost anywhere on the tower.

Set-up features a single control button that activates the outriggers and leveling system, which can be positioned in less than a minute. Identical control panels are located on the platform and at the turntable control station for additional safety.

On-hand to explain the many benefits of Bronto aerials will be Alan Hoffman, Tom Goyer, Steve Starling and Janne Pulkkinen of Bronto Skylift, and management of TGM Wind Services including Kevin Darby (CEO, owner), Ripley Clayton (CFO) and Keith Darby (Operations manager). TGM was recently named a distributor of Bronto products for 10 states.

For more information, please contact Janne Pulkkinen, Vice President, Bronto Skylift Inc, tel. 321 666 0286, janne.pulkkinen@brontoskylift.com.

NATE UNITE 2017 Speaker Lineup for Monday, February 27 Unveiled

NATE UNITE 2017 is renowned as the annual event specifically focused on companies and individuals involved with, or interested in, broadcast and telecommunications tower erection, service and maintenance. Recognized as a vital forum for those who design, engineer, construct, service and maintain broadcast and communications structures, NATE UNITE 2017 facilitates the exchange of ideas and experiences; the ability to actively participate in a variety of educational sessions and optional courses; and provides a tremendous opportunity to revitalize and strengthen your company’s commitment to safety, while networking with peers, colleagues, technical experts and friends, all in one facility.

Two tracks of focused educational sessions, Technical and Administrative/Business, will be offered at NATE UNITE 2017. These sessions will offer attendees in-depth discussions on how new technological advancements and recent standards issues will affect project performance and implementation. Individuals attending the educational sessions will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of participation.

The following educational session/speaker lineup has been confirmed for Monday, February 27:

Educational Session 1

Answers to Your Antenna Alignment Questions
Bruce Clifford, Multiwave Sensors Inc. – presenter

Educational Session 2

Working Capital is Essential for Your Business: What you Need to Know
Jay Atkins & Kevin Henry, Seacoast Business Funding – presenters

Educational Session 3

Anchor Failure 2.0
Craig Snyder & Bart Roberts, AnchorGuard LLC – presenters

Educational Session 4

The Changing Landscape of Telecommunications Infrastructure
Duane MacEntee, Barker MacEntee PLLC – presenter

Participants are also able to maximize their time at NATE UNITE 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas by receiving additional training all in one location. At this year’s NATE event, the optional courses being offered include: Competent Rigging, RF Safety Awareness, Competent Rescuer Recertification, Medium Intensity LED & Xenon Training, and Capstan Hoist. Participants must register in advance with a full conference registration pass. All courses have a limited number of participants and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To register for NATE UNITE, view the full Schedule-of-Events or for further information on optional courses, visit www.natehome.com.

NATE Unveils Safety Video on ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard

Video is First to Debut in Volume 2 of Climber Connection Series

January 26, 2017 — The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a safety video highlighting the new ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard. The video is the first to debut as part of Volume 2 of the NATE Climber Connection series.

The A10.48 Standard – Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures has been described as a game- changer for the industry as it has the distinction of being the first comprehensive standard encompassing the entire tower construction, service and maintenance industry.

The Climber Connection Volume 2 video includes an overview of the A10.48 Standard and includes practical information on gin poles and rigging class guidelines for the industry to follow in accordance with the standard. The video also includes epic aerial views and footage of hard working tower crews in action at a communications tower site.

“This video is an outstanding resource for companies and workers to utilize in order to become familiar with the key provisions outlined in the A10.48 Standard,” said Josh Forrester, a Foreman at Vertical Limit Construction in Wanamingo, Minnesota. “Embracing and implementing the A10.48 Standard into daily tower activities will enhance the culture of safety in the industry,” added Forrester.

Click HERE to watch the A10.48 safety video. NATE encourages tower climbers and all wireless industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the A10.48 video on their respective social networking platforms using the hash tag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages tower climbers to share their personal 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.

Industry workers and companies can purchase a copy of the A10.48 Standard HERE. To access the Volume 1 edition of the Climber Connection Video Series, visit HERE. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.

NATE Announces Results of 2017 Board of Directors Election

January 4, 2017

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has announced the re-election to its Board of Directors of Jim Tracy, CEO of Legacy Telecommunications, Burley, Washington; Jim Miller, president of EasTex Tower, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Ben Little, CEO of Centerline Solutions, in Boulder, Colorado.

Candidate Randel Scott, president of Texoma Contracting, in Muskogee, Oklahoma also was elected and will be serving as a new member of the Board of Directors.

The four candidates, who were elected by their industry peers, will officially begin their two-year terms on February 26, 2017 at the NATE UNITE 2017 Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

“The 2017 NATE Board of Directors Election was one of the most competitive elections in the history of the Association and all of the candidates who ran in this election performed admirably well,” stated Executive Director Todd Schlekeway.

“The recently elected NATE Board of Directors will preside over an era of unprecedented advances in wireless infrastructure and technologies and will provide innovative, proactive leadership in order to maintain the Association’s role as the global leader in safety, standards and education as the industry moves toward the deployment of 5G networks,” added Schlekeway.

NATE Releases Lamps and Lighting Video

December 20, 2016 — 

Video Unveiled as Part of #ClimberConnection Campaign Series

(Watertown, South Dakota) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a Lamps and Lighting video as part of the Association’s acclaimed Climber Connection campaign.

The video provides detailed information on tower lighting choices and their respective applications. The video also includes practical testimonial footage from a tower climber highlighting the key components of the FAA Advisory Circular AC70/7460-1L, which became effective in late 2015.

“Understanding tower lighting requirements is an essential role of tower climbers and this video will be an invaluable resource in educating the industry’s workforce on all of the diverse lighting applications that exist,” said Billy Campos from MillerCo, Inc. in Gulfport, Mississippi. “Additionally, it is also very important that tower climbers understand the FAA Advisory Circular AC70/7460-1L and how the changes in this circular impact tower lighting,” added Campos.

Click HERE to watch the Lamps and Lighting video. NATE encourages tower climbers and all wireless industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Lamps and Lighting video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages tower climbers to share their personal lamps and lighting tips through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Climber Connection 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. A central element of the campaign is the official release of monthly Climber Connection safety videos; each focused on a unique safety topic or issue involving working at heights.

Visit HERE to access the PPE Inspection, 100% Tie-Off, Capstan Hoist & Rigging, Workforce Professionalism, Tower Inspection, Gravity, Weather Conditions, RF & Antenna Identification, Night Climbing and Anchor Corrosion videos that have been previously released as part of the Climber Connection campaign. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.