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NATE Webinar: How W4W Can Team with Wireless Industry to Help Veterans

On Wednesday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, Kevin Kennedy, President and CEO of Warriors4Wireless (W4W), will conduct a live NATE webinar entitled How W4W and the Wireless Industry Can Team Up to Help Veterans.

This session with Kevin Kennedy will provide an overview of how:

Over 1,200 veterans successfully transitioned into wireless industry careers since 2014.
Over 50 industry hiring partners obtain contact information for interested and skilled veterans free of charge.
In 2018, 100% of climbing veterans trained received job offers within 35 days.
The Veteran’s GI Bill investment into tower technician training means hiring superb entry level technicians.
To register, please go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7246716604231459587

NATE Debuts Video on Dropped Object Prevention

#ClimberConnection Volume 3 Video Highlights Practical Tips for Dropped Tool Prevention When Working at Heights


NATE today unveiled a video entitled “Look out Below” that focuses on the risks associated with dropped objects and provides safety guidance on preventing these scenarios while working at elevation on a communications structure. The video, the fourth to be unveiled in Volume 3 of the Association’s popular Climber Connection series, made its debut during today’s AGL Local Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The video includes personal anecdotes and experiences from a tower technician on measures that can be implemented by elevated workers to prevent dropped objects. The video also portrays a live demonstration of the impact a dropped tool can make when it falls to the ground at a tower site.

“The tower industry has been a leader in dropped object prevention for a long time,” said Nate Bohmbach, Product Director at Ergodyne. “Feedback from climbers has helped manufacturers develop better and safer solutions that are becoming more common today for all industries. This NATE video does a great job of capturing this evolution leading to a safer worker and tower site,” added Bohmbach.

Click HERE to watch the Dropped Object Prevention 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 Unveils Spanish Edition of Climber Training Standard

Spanish Translation of Standard an Important Component of NATE’s Workforce Development Outreach to the Hispanic and Latino Communities


NATE’s Fourth Edition of the NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard (NATE CTS) is now available in Spanish.

The Norma de Capacitación de Protección contra Caidas para Trepadores de Torres de la NATE establishes the minimum requirements to which all tower climbers should be trained. The NATE CTS outlines the individual standards for varying levels of tower climber expertise: Authorized Climber, Authorized Rescuer, Competent Climber and Competent Rescuer. The document also contains a Course Training Plan to demonstrate how to implement and utilize the NATE CTS and includes a comprehensive Definitions section.

“Hispanic and Latino workers play an invaluable role deploying and maintaining communications networks and related infrastructure throughout North America and it is great to see NATE make this premier climbing standard available in Spanish,” stated Benito Banda from Enertech Resources, LLC. “I anticipate that the Spanish edition of the standard will have a tremendous impact on developing and training a new generation of Hispanic and Latino professionals for rewarding careers in our industry,” Banda added.

“A Spanish language edition of the NATE CTS is crucial for the industry’s growing multicultural workforce,” said Sindy Benavides, COO​ & Acting CEO​ of the League of United Latin American Citizens. “Making it ​accessible to a larger audience will help ensure all employees are adequately trained and maintain the highest level of safety standards. We applaud NATE for its efforts to provide all employees the necessary resources they need to succeed in this exciting field.”

NATE encourages members and non-members to obtain the Spanish version of the NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard today. This edition is available online as a free resource for member companies in the Member Login section of the NATE website. The Spanish edition is also available for purchase in print format for both members and non-members. To purchase a copy of the Norma de Capacitación de Protección contra Caidas para Trepadores de Torres de la NATE, visit https://natehome.com/safety-education/1893-2/.

As part of NATE’s workforce development initiatives, the Association plans to translate additional resources to Spanish and make them available in the future. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com.

Registration Open for the NATE WIN Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

On Monday, June 11, NATE WIN will host the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend this conference. The cost to attend the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference is $75 per person and includes 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 nate@natehome.com or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE, Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Monday, June 2, 2018.

The conference will begin with a National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) session on becoming NWSA certified conducted by Stephanie Brewer, Compliance Coordinator of MUTI – Sabre Industries Telecom Services. This session will educate attendees on NWSA’s transformative and nationwide certification programs available to the communications tower industry workforce and will guide participants through the steps required to obtain NWSA credentials.

Additional presentations at the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference include Eric Hartzler of Overland Contracting speaking on culture and complacency as well as driving risks and safety; Tom Dover of Dover Telecommunications presenting on installing and testing fiber to the antenna; Craig Gordon of Utah Avalanche Center, presenting on outdoor survival and back-country travel; and more!

For more information on NATE, NATE WIN and the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, visit www.natehome.com or www.natewin.org.

FCC Commissioner Visits NATE Member Companies

Comm. Carr, second from left, meets with NATE members at a tower site.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr recently conducted a site visit to a communications tower located in Noblesville, Indiana, which was facilitated by representatives from NATE, Crown Castle and Heartland Solutions Corporation.

During his time spent on site, Commissioner Carr visited with technicians and staff to discuss the work that is conducted on a daily basis building, maintaining and upgrading communications tower sites and related wireless infrastructure.  Carr was also provided with a front row view on the equipment and PPE gear that tower technicians utilize to carry out their jobs in a safe and efficient manner.

Additionally, Commissioner Carr learned about the benefits associated with the NATE STAR Initiative program from participating company Heartland Solutions Corporation.  Since program’s inception, the STAR Initiative site safety audits and program documentation requirements have served to allow participants to proactively identify and correct hundreds of job site hazards and deficiencies. These results have allowed NATE to extrapolate valuable benchmarks and tangible data from the program, while demonstrating compelling evidence that STAR member companies are leading the charge in terms of making our industry safer.

“It was an honor to have Commissioner Carr join us today at the Noblesville, Indiana, tower site to witness work being conducted safely and acknowledge the vital work that America’s tower technicians, contractors and vertical realtors are playing to enable wireless connectivity,” said Mark Fisher, owner and president of Heartland Solutions Corporation. “We appreciate the leadership role Commissioner Carr is playing at the FCC to streamline wireless infrastructure deployments, promote the expansion of rural broadband and support workforce development initiatives.”