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’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.
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.”
NATE Wireless Industry Network will hold the Pacific Regional Conference, April 26, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel and NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend. The cost to attend the Pacific 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 email@example.com or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE, Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Friday, April 13, 2018.
The conference will kick off with a National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) session on becoming NWSA certified conducted by Executive Director Duane MacEntee. 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 Pacific Regional Conference include a panel discussion on Small Cell Deployment moderated by Ryan Dixon, Vice President of Advanced Tower Components; a session presented by Eric Ringer, Co-Founder and Senior Product Manager of Skyward, a Drone/UAS development company; and a session entitled The Myth Behind the Certificate of Insurance – Are You Really Covered? presented by John McGarvey, Vice President of BB&T Insurance Services.
The Wireless Industry Network is a national and international initiative that provides local support, involvement and communications for the wireless industry. This program is coordinated by National Association of Tower Erectors, a non-profit trade association. The goal of WIN is to expand the reach of important messages and resources for safety, quality, standards and education for all wireless organizations and the wireless industry.
NATE has released a #ClimberConversation video highlighting the physical rigors and challenges that make communications tower work rewarding. The #ClimberConversation video 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 workers into the industry.
The video, entitled “I Don’t Need a Gym Membership”, includes testimonial footage of tower technicians talking about the physically demanding, adrenaline-flowing and gratifying aspects of working in the industry.
Click HERE to watch the “I Don’t Need a Gym Membership” 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.