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New #ClimberConnection Video Celebrates Successful NATE UNITE 2019 Conference

By NATE

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:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7043485078779772161

 

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.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Comm. Brendan Carr to Keynote NATE UNITE 2019

By The Editors of AGL

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr are confirmed to deliver keynote addresses at the NATE UNITE 2019 Conference in Grapevine, Texas. NATE UNITE 2019 will take place February 4-7, 2019 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center and is widely regarded as the premier and most comprehensive educational event and trade show in the wireless and broadcast infrastructure industries.

Chairman Pai is slated to speak on Wednesday, February 6 during the NATE UNITE 2019 Awards Luncheon sponsored by T-Mobile. Pai was designated Chairman of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as a Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.

Comm. Carr is scheduled to deliver keynote remarks on the evening of Monday, February 4 to kick-off the NATE UNITE 2019 Welcome Reception sponsored by Ericsson and the Texas State Wireless Association. Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017. On January 2, 2019, Carr was reconfirmed as Commissioner by the U.S. Senate for a full term.

“On behalf of the Association’s over 815 member companies, we look forward to welcoming Chairman Pai and Commissioner Carr to NATE UNITE 2019,” stated NATE Trade Show Committee Chairman Joel Hightower of Hightower Communications, Inc. in LaGrange, North Carolina. “During their tenure of service at the FCC, Chairman Pai and Commissioner Carr have gone above and beyond to conduct visits to tower-sites to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the vital role that tower technician crews and the contractor infrastructure community both play in elevating wireless and enabling a connected society. During these keynote addresses, NATE UNITE 2019 attendees will be able to hear first-hand the important role the FCC is playing to help pave the way for a 5G future, close the digital divide by expanding rural broadband deployment opportunities and ensure a safe and efficient broadcast repack transition,” added Hightower.

Former Duck Dynasty TV personality, outdoorsman and author Willie Robertson will also be on hand at the conference and is slated to deliver a keynote address at the NATE UNITE 2019 Keynote Luncheon sponsored by SBA Communications.