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NATE Secures U.S. DOT Vehicle Exemption

December 13, 2016 — The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) recently worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S.DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to address an issue involving the inconsistent and inequitable enforcement at the state level regarding hours of service and log-book provisions.

Under federal rules, commercial vehicles classified as utility service vehicles are exempt from hours of service and log-book requirements.  Accordingly, in the association’s discussions with FMCSA officials and congressional staff, NATE strongly asserted that its members’ commercial vehicles involved in utility work – such as repairing, maintaining or operating any structures or physical facilities that deliver wireless services – should similarly be exempt.

“This interpretation clarification helps resolve one of the most pressing regulatory burdens  our members have been confronted with for many years,” said NATE Chairman Jim Tracy who serves as CEO of Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Washington. “NATE listened and proactively responded to the complaints and needs of our membership by vigorously addressing this issue at the federal level and obtaining important regulatory relief for our members,” added Tracy.

The Association requested, and subsequently received, a national interpretation letter from the U.S. DOT – FMCSA confirming our understanding of the definition of utility service vehicle as outlined in  49 C.F.R. § 395.2  to include those commercial motor vehicles engaged in repairing, maintaining and operating structures or other physical facilities for wireless communications and broadband internet.

According to the U.S. DOT – FMCSA interpretation letter, the definition of a USV in §395.2 reads in part:

“Utility service vehicle means any commercial motor vehicle:

(1)  Used in the furtherance of repairing, maintaining, or operating any structures or any physical facilities necessary for the delivery of public utility services, including the furnishing of electric, gas, water, sanitary sewer, telephone, and television cable or community antenna service;

(2)  While engaged in any activity necessarily related to the ultimate delivery of such public utility service to consumers, including travel or movement to, from, upon, or between activity sites (including occasional travel or movement outside the service area necessitated by utility emergency as determined by the utility provider) ;…..” [Emphasis added].

The U.S. DOT – FMCSA interpretation goes on to state the following:

We consider broadband internet and wireless services to be public utilities as they are provided ultimately to consumers and are comparable to the “telephone, and television cable or community antenna service” stated in the regulation above. They are transmitted to consumers over the same types of cables as television and telephone services. At the time the §395.2 definition was written, broadband internet services were not in common use.

NATE has mailed an official copy of the letter to all of its contractor and construction members and encouraged these companies to place copies of the interpretation letter in the glove compartments of all of their commercial motor vehicles. NATE members have been instructed to utilize the letter as documentation that their firm’s scope of work is classified as a utility service by U.S. DOT – FMCSA.  As such, these companies would therefore be exempt from hours of service regulations and log-book requirements and not subject to citations when their commercial vehicles are involved in utility service work.

NATE Debuts Safety Video on Anchor Corrosion Topic

November 3, 2016 —

Part of #ClimberConnection Campaign Series

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled an Anchor Corrosion video as part of the Association’s acclaimed Climber Connection campaign.

The video provides detailed information on the conditions and factors that contribute to anchor corrosion on guyed-towers. The video also includes practical testimonial footage from a tower climber highlighting the options available to the industry to mitigate and eliminate anchor corrosion.

“Anchor corrosion is an issue that all tower climbers need to be cognizant of and this video is a great resource for the industry’s elevated workforce to utilize to help combat corrosion at guyed-tower sites,” said Ryan Schock from Design Telecommunications Inc. in Charlottesville, Virginia. “It is paramount that workers at the tower site be familiar with the factors that lead to anchor corrosion and also the tools available to eliminate the corrosive effects of the anchor,” added Schock.

Click HERE to watch the Anchor Corrosion safety video. NATE encourages tower climbers and all wireless industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Anchor Corrosion video on their respective social networking platforms using the hash tag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages tower climbers to share their personal night climbing safety 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 and Night Climbing videos that have been previously released as part of the Climber Connection campaign. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.

NATE Releases Safety Video on Night Climbing

Video is Latest in Popular #ClimberConnection Campaign Series

(Watertown, South Dakota) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a Night Climbing safety video as part of the Association’s popular Climber Connection campaign.

The video highlights practical safety tips for conducting elevated work at night and includes insightful testimonial footage from a tower climber discussing the extra steps and precautionary measures that must be incorporated at the tower-site when working in the dark.

“In the communications tower industry, performing work at night is often required by our customers and the safety recommendations offered in this video can help all tower climbers perform night-time work in a safe and efficient manner,” said Clayton Armstrong, a Top Hand with Tri State Tower, Inc. in Marion, Iowa. “As pointed out in the video, fatigue can play a big factor and it is extremely important to have an increased level of communication between the ground and the Tower. This video should be required viewing by all who work in our industry,” added Armstrong.

Click HERE to watch the Night Climbing safety video. NATE encourages tower climbers and all wireless industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Night Climbing video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages tower climbers to share their personal night climbing safety 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 twelve 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 and RF & Antenna Identification videos that have been previously released as part of the Climber Connection campaign. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.

NATE Releases Weather Conditions Video

Video Unveiled as Part of NATE’s #ClimberConnection Campaign Series

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Weather Conditions video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign.

The video features testimonial footage of a tower technician discussing the temperature extremes that industry workers are often exposed to when performing work at a communication tower site. The segment depicts the symptoms associated with heat and cold stress and the importance of proactive recognition and awareness of these symptoms. Additionally, the video also includes practical, life-saving treatment steps for workers to adhere to when experiencing the varying degree of symptoms related to extreme heat and cold exposure.

“This is a very informative Climber Connection video as weather related medical emergencies are the kind that sneak up on you and you don’t realize it until it’s too late,” said Brian Wyman, Director of Safety and Compliance at HPC Wireless Services, LLC. “The importance of watching out for your coworkers and being aware of the symptoms cannot be overstated as it’s critical that all workers understand the risks and symptoms related to both hot and cold working conditions in order to stay safe,” added Wyman.

Click HERE to watch the Weather Conditions video. NATE encourages tower climbers and all wireless industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Weather Conditions video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #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 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 twelve Climber Connection safety videos; each focused on a unique safety topic or issue involving working at heights.

For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.

NATE Holds Workplace Safety Webinar

Protecting Your Workplace from the Unimaginable: Developing a Proactive Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Strategy

On Thursday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. EDT Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former Secretary of Labor for OSHA, will be conducting a live NATE webinar entitled “Protecting Your Workplace from the Unimaginable: Developing a Prevention and Response Strategy for Workplace Violence and Catastrophic Accidents.”

Since 1992, there have been on average 700 workplace violence homicides in the U.S. annually, while rising across the country, workplace violence continues to be below most employers’ radar screen. Recent crime statistics show that there are over two million assaults and threats of violence annually against employees in America. Are you, your employees and your company at risk? What is your legal liability? What do you need to do to minimize these risks?

This free, one-hour webinar will examine:
• the different types of workplace violence;
• the risk of experiencing workplace violence;
• potential risk factors of workplace violence;
• the warning signs and potential for violence by employees;
• the proactive development of preventive measures and actions;
• the scope of the employer’s legal duties and potential liabilities;
• how to handle incident response and investigations; and
• 12 point action plan to prevent workplace violence.

CLICK HERE to register now!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.