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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.

NATE Congratulates Graduates of Fall Prevention Worker Training

Fall Prevention Worker Training Course Graduates
San Antonio, Texas

Adam Carver
Enertech Resources, LLC

Dominique Valdez
eSystem Training Solutions

Edward Mermella
Tricell Communications

Given Mazariegos

Isaac Mermella
Tricell Communications

Jimmy Hurt
Safety LMS

Juan Mermella
Enertech Resources, LLC

Justin Ruiz
Viking Communications

Kevin Hoskins
Absolute Communications

Lane Fade

Nathan Smith

Paul Tomerlin
Granger Telecom Corp.

Robert Ener
Absolute Communications

Ronnie Delavan
Enertech Resources, LLC

Ryan Huser
Viking Communications

Will Strawn

NATE Unveils Unmanned Aerial Systems Safety Resource

UAS Safety Document Now Available on NATE’s Website

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released a new resource, “Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure,” to educate the wireless infrastructure industry and create guidelines for operating small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

The safety document is a by-product of collaboration between the NATE UAS Committee and other prominent representatives from the commercial UAS industry. The intended focus of this document is on small UAS operations around wireless infrastructure, cellular towers, broadcast towers and electrical distribution towers.

“NATE is excited to offer this informative resource to the industry in order to provide important UAS operational and regulatory information to the workers and stakeholders in the communications tower industry,” stated Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “This is the first of several best practices documents the NATE UAS Committee ultimately plans to develop as further regulatory clarity emerges surrounding UAS technologies,” added Schlekeway.

The NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure document includes UAS utilization guidelines associated with topics such as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements, flight operations, training provisions, documentation, safety reporting, emergency procedures, weather requirements, noise abatement and hours of operation. The NATE UAS Committee prioritized the safety of tower technicians, ground personnel, the general public and flight operations when developing this resource.

“The entire NATE UAS Committee is proud of what we produced to safely introduce the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems technology to the tower industry,” said committee member Greg Emerick, EVP of Business Development for Sentera. “All of us are proud of our leadership role and anticipate expanding and updating this document as technology and regulations change.”
The Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure document is available to the industry as a free resource and accessible to be downloaded on NATE’s website HERE.

The NATE UAS Committee continues to actively participate and collaborate with federal agencies, policy makers, regulators and stakeholders to ensure that the wireless infrastructure industry’s priorities remain at the forefront of the conversation as future decisions are made regarding this technology. The UAS Committee has pledged to be a source of information by providing timely updates to NATE members and industry stakeholders as key developments emerge in the landscape surrounding Unmanned Aerial Systems.

For information regarding NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.

NATE Unveils Capstan Hoist & Rigging Safety Video

Video Release Part of #ClimberConnection Campaign Series

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released a Capstan Hoist & Rigging safety video as part of the Association’s Climber Connection campaign.

The video highlights practical safety tips for selecting and utilizing capstan hoists. Additionally, the video footage includes a testimonial from a tower climber discussing the importance of performing function tests on the capstan hoist, checking the capstan hoist manufacturer’s guidelines before each use and emphasizing rigging best practices. The video also includes breathtaking aerial views of tower climbers utilizing a capstan hoist to lift antenna equipment to the designated location near the top of a monopole cellular tower.

“Proper training, rigging and respect of the capstan are essential for its safe operation,” said Justin Pitts, the Safety Director at East Coast Communications in Gorham, Maine. “It’s one of the cellular industries greatest tools when anchored and used correctly. The cathead turns, what could be a very laborious endeavor, into added muscle and time for other tasks,” added Pitts.

CLICK HERE to watch the Capstan Hoist & Rigging video. NATE encourages tower climbers and all wireless industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Capstan Hoist & Rigging video on their respective social networking platforms using the hash tag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages tower climbers to share their personal capstan hoist and rigging 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.

CLICK HERE to access the PPE Inspection and 100% Tie-Off videos that have been previously released as part of the Climber Connection campaign. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.


NATE Announces Fall Prevention Worker Training Course Graduates

The Fall Prevention Worker Training Course, hosted by the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), in conjunction with Safety Controls Technology, was attended by 24 tower service and maintenance workers on April 28 in Sioux City, South Dakota.

NATE’s Fall Protection Worker Training courses are offered free of charge to eligible participants and are made possible due to a Susan Harwood Training grant (SH-27625-SH5) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

The Fall Protection Worker Training course curriculum focuses on the hazards in the communication tower industry and includes employee rights, employer responsibilities, whistleblower protection, high angle rescue, principles of fall protection, principles of safe climbing, tower systems, testing safety climb systems, testing personal protective equipment (PPE) and conducting a job safety analysis.

Graduates include Eric Anderson, Tower Systems; Justin Friis, Harold Andrews, Dylan Elsik, Matt Andrews and Jesse Wickwire of SkyTop Towers; Nick Hauck, Landon Anker, Anthony Boyer, Todd Thorin and Antony Sargeant of Sioux Falls Tower & Communications; Frank Frahm, Tri State Tower; Dave Humble, Maguire Iron; Miles Mellor, Koda Mayrant, Aric Lowe and Michael Knudson, Kilowatt; Jayson Nelson, Anchorguard; Larry Nierengarten, Maguire Iron; Scott Riedesel ofTri State Tower; Lance Rosa, One Way Building Services; Vince Wellenstein and Shelby Soesbe, Needmore Towers; and Drew Stevens, Ehresmann Engineering, Inc.