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NATE Elects 2018 Board of Directors

The National Association of Tower Erectors has released the results of the 2018 Board of Directors election. The Association announced that candidates Kevin Dougherty, president of MILLENNIA CONTRACTING, INC. in New Castle, Delaware; John Paul Jones, president of Tower & Turbine Technologies in Austin, Texas; Bryan Lee, president of Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc. in Hellertown, Pennsylvania and Jimmy Miller, president of MillerCo, Inc. in Gulfport, Mississippi were re-elected and will retain their seats on the NATE Board of Directors.

Shama Ray, owner and CEO of Above All Tower Climbing in Bonne Terre, Missouri, was also elected to serve as a new member of the Board of Directors.

The five candidates who were elected by their industry peers will officially begin their two-year terms on February 17, 2018 at the NATE UNITE 2018 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Association also acknowledges the contributions of retiring two-term Board Member Don Train, president of Train’s Towers in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. Train will be honored at the NATE UNITE 2018 Conference for his service.

 

NATE Highlights Remote Tower Access

By The Editors of AGL

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released a video on the topic of operating snow tracked vehicles to access tower sites in remote locations. The video, the latest to make its debut as part of Volume 2 of the NATE Climber Connection series, is designed to emphasize the exciting opportunities available in the industry for those workers who pursue a career as a tower technician. The video series is an integral component of the Association’s workforce development outreach to promote the profession and recruit new workers into the industry.

As the weather turns and snowfall is prevalent in certain regions of the country, the Remote Tower Access video provides a detailed overview on the planning practices, safety protocols and operational procedures associated with utilizing a snow tracked vehicle in difficult terrain environments and during inclement weather situations.

The video also includes real-time conversations between vehicle operators and tower technicians about the hazards that can exist when utilizing snowcat vehicles to access tower sites. Additionally, the video includes drone footage of snow tracked vehicles ascending the Cascade Mountains in Washington State on a snowy day.

“I love this video as it portrays the reality of some of the remote tower sites we work at,” said Matt Uhrich, Compliance and Safety Director at Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Washington.

“Seeing a snowcat vehicle ascend a snowy mountaintop is an awesome part of the job and this video reinforces that fact along with providing important planning and operational safety tips,” added Mat Johnson from Legacy Telecommunications, Inc.     “We are fortunate to work in such a dynamic profession.”

Click HERE to watch the Remote Tower Access safety video. NATE encourages tower climbers and all wireless and broadcast industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Remote Tower Access video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages tower climbers to share their snow tracked vehicle operation and 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.

Visit HERE to access the A10.48 Standard, Broadcast Repack, UAS Operations, Riding the Line, Dig to Block Anchor Inspection and Stadium DAS videos that were previously released as part of the Volume 2 edition of the Climber Connection video series. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.

NATE Wireless Industry Network to Host Atlantic Coast Regional Conference

By The Editors of AGL

(Watertown, SD) – National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Wireless Industry Network (WIN) announced today that they will be hosting the Atlantic Coast Regional Conference on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Marriott Raleigh City Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The conference will focus on key industry safety initiatives and offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees.

“This event will offer great educational and networking opportunities as speakers from all facets of the wireless telecom ecosystem will present programs on cutting edge topics,” stated NATE WIN Director Scott Krouse. Presentations will include public safety and critical communications, women’s leadership roles in the wireless industry, National Wireless Safety Alliance and other topics yet to be announced.

NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend this conference. The cost to attend the Atlantic Coast Regional Conference is $75 per person which will include a continental breakfast as well as 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 Friday, October 13, 2017.

Reserve your room at the Marriott Raleigh City Center before Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to receive the special group rate of $184 + tax. The group rate is only valid for Wednesday, November 1. You can make your reservation online by visitingHERE. Reservations can be made over the phone by calling 919-227-3893 and referencing the NATE WIN Atlantic Coast Regional Conference.

NATE Receives 3rd Consecutive U.S. Dept. of Labor Susan Harwood Training Grant

By The Editors of AGL

$155,000 Grant to Develop Rigger Awareness and Safety Curriculum; Facilitate Rigger Training Nationwide

NATE(Washington, D.C.) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA to receive a $155,000 Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grant for the 2017-2018 program year. The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis. Awards are issued annually based on Congressional appropriation.

The topic of the training program to be developed by NATE is Fall Prevention in the Construction Industry, with an emphasis on Rigger Awareness and Worker Safety. The Rigger Awareness course curriculum will be focused on introducing workers and employers to rigging terminology, rigging equipment and proper use, rigging inspections, rigging related hazards, crane signals and industry reference materials/standards. Additionally, the training will include information regarding employee and employer rights and responsibilities under the OSH Act of 1970, whistleblower complaint procedures and protection provisions.

“NATE’s selection as a Susan Harwood Training Grant recipient for the third consecutive year is a testament to the quality of the grant-enabled training programs that the Association’s Subject Matter Experts have been able to develop,” said NATE Board of Directors Vice Chairman Jim Miller, President of EasTex Tower, LLC in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “NATE is particularly excited about offering free training through this grant as rigging is a practice that is required to be utilized extensively while working at communication tower sites and there are many hazards that exist due to rigging that can compromise the safety and health of industry workers if not done correctly,” added Miller.

As a result of receiving the Susan Harwood Training Grant, NATE plans to host Rigger Awareness Safety Training courses throughout the country in 2018. NATE projects that a minimum of 312 employers and employees will receive Rigger Awareness Safety training through this grant.

NATE Unveils DAS Video Featuring Super Bowl LII Venue U.S. Bank Stadium

By The Editors of AGL

#ClimberConnection Volume 2 Video Debuts at NATE WIN Great Plains Regional Conference

(Bloomington, MN) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) video as part of Volume 2 of the popular Climber Connection series. The video was released at the NATE Wireless Industry Network (WIN) Great Plains Regional Conference in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The fast-paced video highlights the explosive growth of DAS and the essential role this technology plays in densifying networks to ensure ubiquitous coverage and connectivity in populated venues and facilities such as stadiums, airports, hospitals and convention centers. The video also provides an overview how the technology and sophisticated components of the DAS network interface together in order to provide this essential coverage.

The centerpiece of the video shines a spotlight on the DAS technology installed in U.S. Bank Stadium, the state-of-the-art home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the host of this season’s Super Bowl LII (52), which will take place February 4, 2018. U.S. Bank Stadium’s spacious lay-out and countless amenities require a sophisticated and robust wireless network and the video provides an inside look at the venue’s DAS technology.

“This video does a great job of showcasing U.S. Bank Stadium’s DAS network and connecting the dots on how the system works behind the scenes to enhance the experience of fans who visit the venue,” said Greg Novak from Minnesota-based NATE member company Vertical Limit. “NATE and its member companies are on the front lines making connectivity possible at some of the most famous venues and events in the world,” added Novak.

Click HERE to watch the DAS video. NATE encourages tower technicians and industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the DAS video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection.

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 workforce.

Visit HERE to access the A10.48 Standard, Broadcast Repack, Riding the Line, UAS Operations and Guy-Wire Anchor Inspection videos that were previously released as part of the Volume 2 edition of the Climber Connection video series. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.