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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 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.

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.