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New #ClimberConnection Video Celebrates Successful NATE UNITE 2019 Conference


NATE today unveiled a video showcasing the sights and sounds from the successful NATE UNITE 2019 Conference in Grapevine, Texas. The video is the second to debut in Volume 4 of the Association’s popular Climber Connection series.

The video provides testimonial interviews with NATE UNITE 2019 attendees and recaps the popular educational sessions, training opportunities, keynote luncheons, vendor displays, social activities and networking receptions that contributed to this record-breaking event.

“NATE UNITE 2019 provided an invaluable forum for our employees in attendance to receive professional development opportunities at the technical educational sessions and view all of the new product and equipment lines that were unveiled by vendors on the trade show floor,” said Robert Walker, President of Teltronic Towers, Inc. in Capitol Heights, Maryland. “Our team at Teltronic Towers is already looking forward to NATE UNITE 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina,” added Walker.

Click HERE to watch the NATE UNITE 2019 Video. NATE encourages tower technicians and industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages industry workers to share their comments on the video through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Climber Connection Volume 4 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 workforce.

NATE Webinar: Climbing in the Bird-Tower Environment

On Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, Marco Restani, Professor Emeritus and Senior Raptor Scientist for Cell Tower Osprey Management, will conduct a live NATE webinar entitledClimbing in the Bird-Tower Environment.

This webinar will provide an overview of:

1.) Why and where this problem is increasing;
2.) The legal protections afforded birds;
3.) Suggestions to climb safely in the bird-tower environment;
4.) The biology of nesting birds; and
5.) The role of government agency and consulting biologists.

To register please go to:



2019 Advanced Susan Harwood Grant Rigging Principles Training

Throughout 2019, NATE will be facilitating 12 Advanced Rigging Principles Courses nationwide. NATE is pleased to offer these courses free of charge to industry employees and employers due to a Susan Harwood Training Grant (SH-05018-SH8) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

Upcoming complimentary, grant-enabled training sessions will be hosted in Tustin, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Urbana, Iowa; Glen Allen, Virginia; Kenner, Louisiana; Bellevue, Washington; St. Louis, Missouri; Mukwonago, Wisconsin and Needham, Massachusetts.

The Advanced Rigging Principles curriculum will be tailored specifically to the communication tower industry and include detailed instruction on advanced industry rigging principles workers need to know such as synthetic rope, rope inspection, rigging forces and lift systems, and communication and execution of hoisting operations per the ANSI/ASSP 10.48 Standard. 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: Primary Regulations, Codes, Standards, and Policies
• Section 4: Synthetic Rope
• Section 5: Rigging Forces and Lift Systems
• Section 6: Communication and Execution of Hoisting Operations

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.

Interested participants should complete the accompanying Advanced Rigging Principles Training registration forms for the training location in their region on the Association’s 2019 Worker Training Course website page today.

NATE Unveils ‘Band of Brothers’ Video

NATE today released the first #ClimberConversation video of 2019, shining a spotlight on the camaraderie that develops between tower technician crews. The video was released at the 2019 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nevada, a conference that NATE is actively participating in this week.

The #ClimberConversation volume is a companion series to the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection campaign and is a vital component of NATE’s workforce development outreach to promote the profession and attract new pipeline of workers into the industry.

The video, entitled “Band of Brothers” includes testimonial footage from tower technicians talking about the special family type bonds that occur when working at tower sites and traveling around the country with their fellow crew members. Click HERE to watch the video.

NATE encourages tower technicians and industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConversation.

NATE also encourages industry workers to share their comments through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit HERE to watch the previous videos released in the #ClimberConversation series. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.

NATE to Host Inaugural Member Congressional Fly-In Event in the Nation’s Capital

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced the key details associated with the inaugural NATE Member Congressional Fly-In Event in Washington, D.C. on May 14-15, 2019.The NATE Member Congressional Fly-In will be a time for representatives from NATE member companies across the country to converge in the Nation’s Capital. to conduct meetings with the congressional delegations and staff representing all of their respective states.

The Association will assist all participating NATE members with lining up their meetings with their designated state congressional delegations and staff. Additionally, all participating NATE members will receive an official copy of the NATE-branded 116thCongressional Directoryand will be thoroughly briefed with a NATE Legislative and Regulatory Priorities Briefing Paper.All of the Association’s congressional policy priorities are bi-partisan in nature.

“With over 855 member companies nationwide, NATE is excited to flex our grassroots muscle by hosting our organization’s first official member fly-in event in D.C. this spring,” said Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “All politics is local and the fly-in event serves as a call to action for representatives from all NATE member companies to participate. Due to the extensive footprint of our membership, our companies can have a tremendous impact on their respective congressional delegations by virtue of where they are from and the prominent role their companies are playing in our vibrant industry,” added Schlekeway.

The NATE Member Congressional Fly-In will also be an opportunity to network with associatesfrom many of the other wireless, broadcast and utility industry organizations that the Association collaborates with. NATE will be hosting several fun networking eventsin conjunction with the fly-in. All of these networking events are free to attend for NATE member fly-in participants.

Additional information pertaining to the NATE Member Congressional Fly-In Event agenda and hotel information are included below for members to reference. To participate in the NATE Member Congressional Fly-In Event, please RSVP to nateoffice@natehome.comtoday!

Hotel Information

NATE has secured a small room block at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol – Navy Yard. To access the exclusive$292/night rate (rates apply to Monday, May 13, Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15 only and there is limited availability), guests need to copy and paste the URL (https://tinyurl.com/yxu3rxen) into your browser.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol – Navy Yard
50 M Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Reservations Line:202-899-2800 or 1-800-CALL-HOME
Online Booking Link:https://tinyurl.com/yxu3rxen

If the NATE room block fills and additional rooms are not available at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol – Navy Yard, here is a link with an alternativelisting of hotels in the area:https://www.capitolriverfront.org/plan-your-visit/hotels.For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com.